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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-20

Prevalence of ankle injuries in physical education and sports classes among saudi high school male students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


1 College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nawaf N Alamri
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmsr.jmsr_24_17

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Objective: Physical education and sports classes are mandatory for male high school students in Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, participation in sports activities increases the risk of injury. This study aims at assessing risk factors and estimating the prevalence of ankle injuries in physical education and sports classes among high school male students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted, using a data collection sheet about demographic and clinical characteristics of students and Foot and Ankle Disability Index to measure the degree of disability. Schools were chosen by cluster sampling of the four regions of Riyadh city. Three schools from each region were selected by simple random sampling. In each school, one section randomly selected from each grade, and eleven students were selected from each section by simple random sampling. Results: The prevalence of ankle injuries of the included participants (n = 399) at the study time, last month, last 6 months, last 12 months, and high school time were 14%, 21.1%, 30.3%, 31.7%, and 34.7%, respectively. Conclusions: One-third of students had an ankle injury during the high school time; only one-fifth needed treatment.


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