Anthropometric risk factors for patellar tendon injury among volleyball players

Malliaras, P., Cook, J. L. and Kent, P. M. 2007, Anthropometric risk factors for patellar tendon injury among volleyball players, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 259-263, doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2006.030049.

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Title Anthropometric risk factors for patellar tendon injury among volleyball players
Author(s) Malliaras, P.
Cook, J. L.
Kent, P. M.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 41
Issue number 4
Start page 259
End page 263
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 0306-3674
Summary Objective: Abnormal imaging in the patellar tendon reveals pathology that is often associated with knee pain. Anthropometric measures of body size and mass, such as height, weight and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), have been individually associated with abnormal imaging. The aim of this study was to investigate the anthropometric factors that have the strongest relationship with abnormal imaging in volleyball players.

Methods: Height, weight, body mass index (BMI), waist girth, hip girth and WHR were measured in a cohort of 113 competitive volleyball players (73 men, 40 women). The univariate (ANOVA) and multivariable (discriminant function analysis) association between abnormal imaging and these anthropometric factors were investigated.

Results: No significant association was found in the female volleyball players. A significant univariate association was observed between abnormal imaging and heavier weight, greater BMI, larger waist and hip girth and larger WHR in the male volleyball players. Waist girth was the only factor that retained this association in a multivariable model (p<0.05).

Conclusions: Men with a waist girth greater than 83 cm seem to be at greater risk of developing patellar tendon pathology. There may be both mechanical and biochemical reasons for this increased risk.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2006.030049
Field of Research 111603 Systems Physiology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
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