Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Shiraz Male Wushu Players: A Cross Sectional Study

Farahnaz Emami, Masoud Bahremand, Zahra Rojhani-Shirazi


Background: Wushu is one of the martial arts that combines explosive strength
and speed movements with combat techniques. Most studies to date of wushurelated
injuries have been published in Chinese languages. No published studies
have reported the prevalence of these injuries in Iran. Therefore, the aim of the
present study was to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in
male wushu players in Shiraz.
Methods: Male wushu athletes aged 18 to 30 years were included in this cross
sectional study if they had been practicing for 2 hours per session, twice a week
during the past 3 years. The athletes were recruited by convenience sampling
from 30 wushu clubs in Shiraz, Iran. The sample size was 165. The study was
conducted from June to September 2016. Each participant was asked to complete
an information questionnaire about his musculoskeletal injuries related to
wushu during the previous year.
Results: About two third (65.45%) of wushu players had one or more injuries
during the previous year. Severe injuries were most commonly located in the
head/neck and knee/tibia areas, and inflammation was more prevalent than the
other types of injuries.
Conclusion: Wushu players in this study reported a high prevalence of injuries
affecting different parts of the body.


Wushu, Musculoskeletal injuries, Martial arts

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