Injury Prevalence of the Lower Limbs in Handball Players: A Systematic Review, an article published on the International journal of environmental research and public health, makes an interesting review on this aspect of injuries, which are often annoying and limiting for players.
We can read: "Lower limb injuries are frequent in handball and a serious hindrance to athletic performance. The aim of this systematic review was to synthesize the available research on the prevalence of lower limb injuries in handball players according to sex and competitive level.
According to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, 19 studies were selected after a systematic search and selection process of three digital databases: Scopus, PubMed, and Web of Science.
Furthermore, a study quality analysis using an 'Extension for Sports Injury and Illness Surveillance of the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE-SIIS)' was carried out. The sample consisted of 7110 male and female handball players registering 4483 injuries in their lower limbs."
The study then added: "The results showed a high incidence of knee injuries (30.23%) and ankle injuries (24.80%), especially in the ligaments, such as the talofibular and the anterior cruciate ligaments.
Considering sex and competitive level, knee injuries accounted for 47.02% of injuries among women, while among men, ankle injuries were most prevalent (34.22%) in international competitions.
Additionally, the most common cause of injuries was trauma (85.61%).
The findings highlighted that the prevalence of lower limb injuries varies greatly according to the characteristics of the sample and injury. Therefore, the study underlines the importance that sports practitioners (physical trainers, readapters, and physiotherapists) adapt training protocols to reduce injury incidence in the most affected body areas or tissues."
Meanwhile someone asks help for health problems...
Former WWE Million Dollar Champion, Virgil, released a social media statement about him to deliver several news stories that aren't good at all.
In fact, the man wanted to let people know that he had suffered two heart attacks and was diagnosed with dementia. He said: "Dearest to Meatsauce Mafia. I am grateful to be able to communicate something that has happened to me.
Unfortunately I have some really difficult news to share. If you were wondering why I haven't been so busy in the last few weeks it's because I was given some bad news. Since the weekend of Mania of all weekends, I haven't been feeling so good.
Something was wrong. My head, my arm and my heart. When I got back from Dallas I went to the doctor and they discovered a lot of problems. For starters, without my knowing it, in the last few months the doctor has identified that I have had 2 massive strokes.
I didn't even notice it until one of my arms stopped working. Basically it is unable to do anything. This was decent news. The worst news is that I have been told that I am struggling with an early stage of dementia. The years of taking big hits during events (that no one else wanted to take) started to have an effect on me.
I'm nervous I'm scared and God knows I can't afford to go through this and be able to move on. It's really sad because all I want to do is have fun and do what I always do. To survive. What am I asking for? Well 4 meals, my roommate and my team helped me with this page to help me pay.
I will also sell autographs, video shoutouts or you can even download my video game for two dollars (BOTH IOS AND ANDROID JUST LOOK FOR MEATSAUCE MADNESS). It means EVERYTHING. I am asking you to send this to all of your friends, family or whoever you think loves wrestling.
Everything helps. I'm not looking for compassion. I am looking for the love that I have poured into this business, hoping it will help me through this bad time. I have had my time. Now I'm just trying to survive. Hope this makes sense.
I love you all." If anyone would like to donate to the cause, here's the PayPal fundraiser link. Unfortunately, we often forget that healthcare in the United States is private and costs a lot, we are definitely luckier.