Ultimate Frisbee Injuries in a Collegiate Setting.    

Authors: Akinbola M, Logerstedt D, Hunter-Giordano A, Snyder-Mackler L

Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) is a limited-contact team sport growing in popularity, particularly as a collegiate club sport. In 2011, over 947,000 people played Ultimate. Sex, age, skill level, and physical demands of the sport place each player at risk for injury, yet there is limited information on the number of injuries with regard to clinical research.  The purpose of this study is to identify injury reporting trends in Ultimate Frisbee against other collegiate club sports and examine correlation with sex, body region, and medical recommendations and to discuss associated risk of injury.  The authors found that Ultimate accounted for 143 (31.0%) of the 461 reported injury cases collected from all club sports. Female injuries represented 101 (70.6%) of the 143 Ultimate cases, whereas men totaled 42 (29.4%) (p<0.001). Women had significantly more foot/ankle (26) than men (4) (p<.001) and more lumbar/flank (9) injuries than men (2) (p=.022).  The authors concluded that Ultimate accounted for one of the highest number of reported injuries among all club sports. Women reported injuries more than twice as frequently as men. The majority of reported Ultimate injuries involved the lower extremity.  Injury trends observed are similar to those previously reported in several NCAA Intercollegiate sports.

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