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The association between preseason fitness level and number and severity of injury and illness in male elite ice hockey

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Project status: Ongoing
Project manager: Anine Nordstrøm
Supervisor(s): Roald Bahr, Ove Talsnes
Coworker(s): Ben Clarsen

Description

Background: Little is known about the association between physical fitness level and injuries and illnesses in ice hockey. The least fit players may be more prone to injury and illness.

Purpose: To determine whether the least fit players preseason were of greater risk of injury and illness during the following ice hockey season.

Methods: This was a prospective cohort study monitoring all health problems among 225 male ice hockey players in the GET League (the premier professional league) in Norway during the 2017/2018 season. Players reported all injuries and illnesses for 31 weeks using Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center Questionnaire on Health Problems (OSTRC-H1). The players completed eight different exercises (40 m sprint, countermovement jump, 3000 m running, squat, bench press, chins, brutal bench, and box jump) at the annual one-day, pre-season testing combine.

Implications: Little is known about the association between physical fitness level and injuries and illnesses in ice hockey. The results will provide information regarding the importance of fitness and physical performance on injury and illness perspectives.