Investigation of management models in elite athlete injuries

Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2005 May;21(5):220-7. doi: 10.1016/S1607-551X(09)70191-3.


This cross-sectional study investigated management models among elite athletes participating in sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, softball, football, handball, track and field, swimming, judo, tae-kwon-do, gymnastics, archery, and weight lifting at the Tsoying National Sport Training Center. Data were collected by questionnaire. Of the 393 athletes investigated, 56% were male and 44% were female, with an average age of 20.9 years and average length of athletic experience of 9.8 years. At the time of the survey, 74.8% had sporting injuries and were being treated with Chinese and/or Western medicine. Among injured athletes, 14.5% chose Western treatment, 8.1% chose Chinese medicine, and 75.4% received combined treatment. There were various reasons for choosing the management model. Most athletes had ordinary self-recognition of sports injury prevention. Their qualified ability for sports injury prevention was 70%. This ability was significantly correlated with age, education, and sports experience. Within Taiwan's current medical and social environment, elite athletes prefer a combination of Eastern and Western treatments for sports injuries. Each of the medical approaches are widely accepted by elite athletes and their coaches. Doctors trained in Western medicine should learn these alternative treatment methods and apply them effectively in athletes, so that a better medical network can be established.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / methods
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / statistics & numerical data
  • Occupations
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Taiwan / epidemiology