Analysis of Sports Injury in Lower Extremities of High School Taekwondo Athletes
Background: Sports injuries commonly occur in sportspersons during competitive activities and practice routines, and the causes include cumulative fatigue from repeated training, lack of warm-up exercises, and absence of motivation during the competition. We aimed to determine the frequency and characteristics of lower extremity injuries in high school taekwondo athletes.Methods: This study evaluated lower extremity sports injuries in 463 high school taekwondo athletes. We conducted frequency
... nducted frequency and cross analyses. The questionnaire tools were developed to identify the characteristics of lower extremity injuries in taekwondo athletes.Results: For injury by person, thigh injuries and re-injuries were most frequent. In non-contact injury, ankle injuries and re-injuries were the highest. In the men's lightweight category, thighs were injured the highest in injury by person and ankles were highest in non-contact injury. In the men's heavyweight category, knee injuries were highest in injury by person, and ankles were highest in non-contact injury. In the female lightweight category, thighs were higher in injury by person, whereas ankles were highest in non-contact injury. In the female heavyweight category, thighs were the highest in injury by person, whereas ankles were the highest in non-contact injury. The ankle injury causes in weight classes were different between both sexes.Conclusion: Our findings could help formulate basic guidelines for preventing sports injury in taekwondo athletes.