Older people playing ball : what is the risk of falling and injury?

Barnett, Lisa, Green, Sue, van Beurden, Eric, Campbell, Elizabeth and Radvan, Deborah 2009, Older people playing ball : what is the risk of falling and injury?, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 177-183.

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Title Older people playing ball : what is the risk of falling and injury?
Author(s) Barnett, Lisa
Green, Sue
van Beurden, Eric
Campbell, Elizabeth
Radvan, Deborah
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 177
End page 183
Total pages 7
Publisher Elesvier
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1440-2440
Keyword(s) sports
accidental falls
middle aged
aged
motor activity
Summary Increasing physical activity amongst seniors is important for public health, yet guidance is needed to minimise injury risks. To describe the incidence of falls/injuries in a walking team ball game (Lifeball) designed for seniors, a prospective cohort study was undertaken amongst community dwelling Lifeball participants in Australia. Players completed a telephone survey soon after commencing Lifeball (2004) and 12 months later (2005). Attendance and incident records were audited for the period. Subjects joined a Lifeball group with opportunity to play at least once per week. Baseline was completed by 284 players aged between 40 and 96 years (mean 67 years), with most (83.8%, 238/284) female. Of 263 followed up, the average attendances was 25, with 19.3% attending on fewer than 4 occasions and 14.3% attending 52 or more times. Most (93.9%) reported no injuries requiring medical attention. However, 16 (6.1%) had injuries requiring medical attention and their 27 injuries represent an injury rate of 3.3 per 1000 hours of participation. Twenty participants (7.6%) had a Lifeball fall equating to a fall rate of 2.8 per 1000 hours of participation. Falls in Lifeball were not associated with measured predictors (age, gender, falls history, perceived falls risk or hours played). Incident records showed a trip/stumble involving rushing, walking backwards, or overextending (all against rules) as common falling causes. Lifeball is not ‘risk free’ however due to a lack of comparative data it is difficult to compare injury rate to relevant activities. Prevention of injury should concentrate on enforcing safety rules.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019649

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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