Incidence of reported cerebral concussion in adult taekwondo athletes

J R Soc Promot Health. 1998 Oct;118(5):272-9. doi: 10.1177/146642409811800512.


The purpose of the present study was to assess the exact conditions under which cerebral concussions occur in full-contact taekwondo competition. Injury data were collected by project staff and tournament medical personnel with simple check-off forms that describe the athlete and nature, site, circumstances and severity of the injury. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to determine the difference in injury rate between men and women. The men (7.04/1,000 athlete-exposures) sustained more cerebral concussions than the women (2.42/1,000 athlete-exposures) (p < 0.001). The dominant injury mechanism in both the males and females was receiving a blow (6.46/1,000 athlete-exposures and 2.42/1,000 athlete-exposures for the men and women, respectively).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Brain Concussion / classification
  • Brain Concussion / epidemiology*
  • Brain Concussion / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Martial Arts*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology