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Objective:To identify and quantify, to the best extent possible from the existingliterature, injury characteristics and factors (risk; protective) associated with injury in youngbasketball players. Data Sources: Database searches principally involving Medline andSportDiscus. In addition, web-based searching and filtering of the reference lists of papersfound in the preliminary searches were utilized. Main Results: Few well-controlled studiesof this population have been conducted. However, from the information available: basketballis the most frequent cause of sports-related emergency department visits for youth andadolescents; the risk of being injured in a game is greater than for practice; girls are morelikely to be injured than boys, especially with knee and ankle injuries and the knee injuries aremore likely to be severe; acute injuries are more common than chronic; strains/sprains are themost common types of injuries but overall time loss is minimal, indicating that the majorityof pediatric basketball injuries are minor (less than 7 days away from activity). Interventionstudies show that: mouthguards reduce orofacial/dental injuries; mouthguard use can beincreased in young players; neuromuscular training can reduce the incidence of knee injuriesin female participants; postural sway is related to risk of ankle injury. Conclusions: The currentstate of epidemiological research involving youth and adolescent basketball injuries ispoor. With an increasing number of young participants, in situations ranging from informalplay and physical education classes to organized community and school teams, the need forcomprehensive and authoritative information on risk and protective factors is significant.

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