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Incidence and variance of foot and ankle injuries in elite college football players.

Authors
  • Kaplan, Lee D
  • Jost, Patrick W
  • Honkamp, Nicholas
  • Norwig, John
  • West, Robin
  • Bradley, James P
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
40
Issue
1
Pages
40–44
Identifiers
PMID: 21720586
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We conducted a study on the risk for foot and ankle injuries in college football players on the basis of injury type and player position. In February 2006, we evaluated 320 intercollegiate football players at the National Football League Combine. All pathologic conditions and surgical procedures of the foot and ankle were recorded, and data were analyzed by player position to detect any trends. Seventy-two percent (n = 231) of the players had a history of foot and ankle injuries, with a total of 287 foot and ankle injuries (1.24 injuries/player injured). The most common injuries were lateral ankle sprain (n = 115), syndesmotic sprain (50), metatarsophalangeal dislocation/turf toe (36), and fibular fracture (25). Foot and ankle injuries were most common in kickers/punters (100% incidence), special teams (100%), running backs (83%), wide receivers (83%), and offensive linemen (80%). Lateral ankle sprains, the most common injuries, were treated surgically only 2.6% of the time. Offensive linemen were most likely to have had syndesmotic sprains (32%), and quarterbacks had the highest incidence of fibular fractures (16%). Foot and ankle injuries are common in collegiate football players, affecting 72% of players. Thirteen percent underwent surgical treatment. Trends are seen in the types of injuries for the different player positions.

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