[Anterior cruciate ligament injuries in handball playing. Mechanisms and incidence of injuries]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1990 Jun 30;110(17):2222-5.
[Article in Norwegian]


A retrospective study was performed on 144 anterior cruciate ligament injuries sustained while playing team handball. The incidence of this severe injury was 1.8% per year or 0.82 injuries per 1,000 playing hours in female athletes playing at a high division level, mainly on synthetic surfaces. The risk in other groups, and when playing on parquet, was considerably lower. The injury mechanisms indicate that a major risk factor was too good friction between shoes and playing surface. 2/3 of the injuries were non-contact injuries, and only 1/10 were caused by foul play. Cutting and jumping were the most common causes of injury. Further research on friction between shoe and playing surface is recommended.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Knee Injuries / etiology*
  • Knee Injuries / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors