Identifying risk factors for contact injury in professional rugby league players--application of a frailty model for recurrent injury.
Tim J Gabbett, Shahid Ullah, Caroline F Finch
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVES: Well-developed physical qualities may protect against contact injuries. However, the potential contribution of physical qualities as risk or protective factors to contact injury risk is yet to be determined for rugby league. This study applied a frailty survival model that accounts for recurrent injury to identify risk factors for all physiotherapist-reported contact injury in professional rugby league players. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Sixty-six professional rugby league players participated in this three successive year prospective study. At the start of each season, all players underwent measurements of standard anthropometry (height, body mass, and sum of sev..View full abstract