Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2016)
A study of selected sports injuries and their preventive and rehabilitative measures among women soccer players of west Bengal soccer clubs
Author(s): Anjumanara Khatun
Abstract: Soccer is characterized by a high intensity, intermittent, ball and contact sport. It causes players to be injury-prone. Treatment of injuries is important not only to regain performance, but also for the welfare of the players. The purpose of the study was to study of selected sports injuries and their preventive measures among women soccer players of West Bengal soccer clubs.The subjects for this study were one hundred sixty eight women soccer players, coaches, assistant coaches and doctors of eight West Bengal soccer clubs. The variables selected for this study were sprain, strain, contusion, abrasion, dislocation and fracture. A set of thirty five questions for soccer players and fifteen questions for coaches and doctors was constructed for collection of data. Percentage analysis was employed for analysis of data. The result shows that Women soccer players of West Bengal mostly suffered from bone injury followed by muscle injury and joint injury. This might have the reason for aggressive tackling by players or foul play. Treatments and its managements in selected soccer clubs revealed the facts that good percentage of injured players were referred to specialist but players faced economic strain for their treatment. In most of the injury cases physiotherapy was the commonest mode of treatment. To prevent occurrence of soccer injuries good measures were taken by the players themselves, the coaches, the doctors and management itself. However, the study revealed that 100% effort and supervision to avoid players’ injuries were not provided. As a result a gross percentage of more than 40% of players were left without adequate prevention so far as knowledge and practice are concerned. This might be due to the lack of emphasis on precautionary measures and continuous supervision by the concerned personal as well as the education of the players themselves. So far as awareness and education of women soccer players about injuries are concerned, it was revealed that inspite of being the member of soccer clubs of West Bengal 100% of their players were not aware of sports injuries.