Major international sport profiles

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2002 Aug;49(4):769-92, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(02)00018-4.


Sports are part of the sociocultural fabric of all countries. Although different sports have their origins in different countries, many sports are now played worldwide. International sporting events bring athletes of many cultures together and provide the opportunity not only for athletic competition but also for sociocultural exchange and understanding among people. This article reviews five major sports with international appeal and participation: cricket, martial arts, field hockey, soccer, and tennis. For each sport, the major aspects of physiological and biomechanical demands, injuries, and prevention strategies are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Hockey / injuries
  • Humans
  • Martial Arts / injuries
  • Soccer / injuries
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Sports Medicine
  • Tennis / injuries