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Pre-Season Fitness Not a Factor in Collegiate Sports Injury Risk
Date:7/23/2012

we found between pre-season fitness and injury was that [having less] upper body strength, as evaluated by push-ups, was associated with a shorter time to injury -- this was despite most of the injuries being associated with the lower body," researcher Michael Kennedy said in a journal news release.

"Our study attempted to answer the question whether fitter athletes are more resilient to injury than less fit athletes," he continued. "We know from our data that differences exist between risk of injury in pre-season training, regular season training and actual games. However, most importantly, our data clearly show that time to first injury for athletes is more heavily influenced by gender and sport than pre-season fitness."

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The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about sports injuries.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology, news release, July 22, 2012


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