Injuries in disability sports; definitions and methodologies

BACKGROUND

Fifteen percent of the world’s population live with disability, and many of these individuals choose to play sport. There are barriers to sport participation for athletes with disability and sports injury can greatly impact on daily life, which makes sports injury prevention additionally important.

OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this project is to review the definitions, methodologies and injury rates in disability sport, which should assist future identification of risk factors and development of injury prevention strategies. A specific focus lies on concussions in disability sports. A secondary aim is to highlight the most pressing issues for improvement of the quality of injury epidemiology research for disability sport.