Analysis of karate injuries sustained in 295 contests

Injury. 1976 Nov;8(2):132-4. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(76)90049-8.


The injuries sustained in 295 karate contests were analysed. It was noted that in 25 per cent of the contests there was some sort of injury, and in 10 per cent the injury was severe enough to cause the withdrawal of the participant. Injury seemed to occur most commonly among lower-grade participants and more often in the first hour of each day's competition. Protective padding of the arms, legs, feet and hands, and the use of gumshields and protective boxes appeared to reduce the incidence and severity of injury.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / epidemiology
  • Arm Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Protective Devices
  • Scotland