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  1. Sten Rasmussen1,3,4,
  2. Rasmus Oestergaard Nielsen2
  1. 1Aalborg University Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Aalborg, Denmark
  2. 2Aarhus University Section of Sports Science, Aarhus, Denmark
  3. 3Aalborg University Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg, Denmark
  4. 4Aarhus University Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus, Denmark


    Background Little is known about the prevalence proportion of sports injuries in Denmark. In addition, the beliefs amongst athletes regarding injury-preventive training regimes and the association with injury risk are lacking.

    Objective To examine the prevalence proportion of injured athletes in a population-based sample and to describe beliefs regarding their ability to prevent injuries through proper training.

    Design Population-based sample interviews.

    Setting Denmark, March 2016.

    Participants A random sample of 1059 persons from the Danish population above 18 years.

    Assessment of Risk Factors During the interview, the following questions were asked: Are you sports active? Have you sustained any sports-related injury within the past 3 years that prevented sports activity for a shorter or longer period? Do you know how to train properly to prevent injury? In addition, assessment of demographics included: age, sex, social class, income, education, number of children, county, union member and unemployment fund.

    Main measurements Sports active, injury within 3 years and prevention knowledge.

    Results The prevalence proportion of sports active was 60.9% [95% CI: 57.9–63.9]. A majority (61.8% [95% CI: 58.3–65.2]) reported to be aware of proper injury-preventive training, whereas 25.4% [95% CI: 22.0–28.9] sustained an injury within 3 years. Sports activity increased with education (OR=1.17 [95% CI: 1.1–1.23], P=0.0001). Risk of injury decreased with increasing age (OR=0.64 [95% CI: 0.54–0.74], P<0.0001) and female sex (OR=1.61 [95% CI: 1.11–2.35], P=0.013). Knowledge of injury prevention increased with age (OR=1.15 [95% CI: 1.02–1.3], P=0.022) and female sex (OR=1.35 [95% CI: 1.13–1.51], P=0.004). No association of preventive training on injury (OR=1.07 [95% CI: 0.71–1.67])

    Conclusions The prevalence proportion of injuries seems to be a public-health issue. A majority believe they know how to train properly to prevent injuries. However, awareness of preventive training was not associated with decreased injury risk.

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