Injuries Depicted in Sport-Related Films

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Abstract

The perception that children and adolescents have of injuries may be influenced by their depiction in sport-related films. The objective of this study was to determine the depiction of injuries in a select number of sport-related films. Forty-four films were analyzed. Injury category, on-the-field management, and long-term management were determined for each injury. Major injuries were defined as injuries requiring prompt intervention and immediate discontinuation of sport participation. A total of 49 injuries were depicted, categorized as fracture (n = 11), contusion (n = 10), brain concussion (n = 8), muscle cramps (n = 5), laceration/abrasion (n = 4), ligamentous knee injury (n = 4), shoulder dislocation (n = 2), rotator cuff injury (n = 2), ankle sprain (n = 2), and unspecified injury (n = 1). Of the 38 (78%) injuries considered major, immediate return to the game was the disposition for 13 injuries (34%). Pediatric health care providers, coaching staff, and parents should stress the importance of injury recognition/disclosure and realistic expectations for rehabilitation to pediatric athletes.

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