Preventing overuse shoulder injuries among elite handball players

Overuse shoulder injuries and shoulder pain in general are common in overhead throwing sports, such as badminton, baseball, volleyball and handball. This PhD project will use handball as a model to test the effects of a structured exercise program on the prevention of overuse shoulder injuries among elite players, building on recent studies on intr

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Formal title

Preventing overuse shoulder injuries among elite handball players

Formal

The aim of this project is to develop a prevention program to reduce the prevalence of overuse shoulder injuries among elite male and female handball players and complete a randomized controlled trial to assess its effect.

Description

Prior to the 2014-2015 season six test teams consisting of two physiotherapists will carry out baseline testing of all male and female handballteams in the two top divisions (48 teams). During the season the intervention group (24 teams) will perform the pevention program as a standardized part of the warm up during traning sessions. The outcome will be overuse shoulder injuries recorded as the prevalence of all shoulder problems and severe shoulder problems using the new Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center Overuse Injury Questionnaire