Risk factors for shoulder injuries among handball players
Shoulder injuries are common amongst elite handball players, partially due to the large demands imposed on the athletes’ shoulders secondary to the high volume of throwing and physical contact. Numerous studies have investigated risk factors amongst overhead athletes, particularly focusing on glenohumeral joint range-of-motion (ROM) and shoulder strength.
The primary objective of the following study was to determine the association between rotator cuff strength, glenohumeral joint ROM and scapular control with shoulder injuries amongst elite male handball players. Measurements of glenohumeral internal and external ROM, isometric internal, external rotation and abduction strength, and assessment of scapular dyskinesis were conducted amongst 206 elite players. All athletes were followed prospectively for 30 weeks in-season.