Summer Camp at Sport injuries: a Tool for Safety Planning

Panagiota Papageorgiou, George Mavrommatis, George Costa

Year: 2009 Volume: 3 Issue: c

Pages: 35-48

Abstract: This study analyses surveillance data on summer camp sport injuries. The aim of this study was to create a typology of sport injury characteristics and circumstances specifically designed to elaborate safety strategies. Seven variables describing aspects of 337 summer camp sports injuries registered over a 3 month period in 8 different camps summer were analyzed simultaneously using, in sequence, the factorial analysis of correspondence (FAC) and the hierarchical ascendant classification (HAC). Relationships between sport injury characteristics and injured pupils’ age and gender were measured. Five sport injury patterns as a typology was obtained and significant relationships were found to exist amongst sport injury patterns, age and gender. Findings revealed that the construction of a sport injury typology – by means of methods similar to those employed in the current study – may be of use for those concerned with camp sport injury prevention, such as camp managers and administrators.