Characterization of injuries during hardcourt bike polo participation: a descriptive survey

PM R. 2011 Jun;3(6):523-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.02.004.


Objective: To describe injury rates and patterns in the emerging sport of hardcourt bike polo (HBP).

Design: Descriptive survey.

Setting: HBP playing areas (urban flat concrete surfaces).

Participants: Twenty-two adult (≥18 years) HBP players who presented to a routine thrice-weekly playing site completed the survey.

Main outcome measurements: Participants completed a survey that was used to evaluate demographics; frequency of play; rate, localization, and severity of injuries sustained in the past 1 year; and use of medical care.

Results: The incidence of sustaining an injury in 1 year was 0.86. The main sites of injury involved the knee, elbow, wrist, and hand. Medical attention was sought by 15% of the injured players.

Conclusion: HBP is a rapidly evolving urban sport in which participants are at risk for trauma-related injury, some of which may be preventable by the addition of appropriate safety equipment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Bicycling / injuries*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Surface Properties
  • Surveys and Questionnaires