Date of Award

January 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education

First Advisor

Dennis Caine


Objective: To study injuries that affect a women's collegiate basketball team and to examine the relationship between injury rates and specific risk factors. Method: Baseline data were collected on the basketball team through pre-participation physical, medical history questionnaires, and a balance measurement. The players were followed throughout their regular season and all injuries and exposure times were recorded. Results: Injury rates were 11.25/1000 hours (2011-12 season), and 14.34/1000 hours (2010-11 season). In the unadjusted Poisson regression analysis of injuries per 1000 hours exposure the following risk factors resulted in a significant effect: previous injury, weight lifting, center, and forward. Conclusion: Injury rates reported in this study are mostly higher than previous research, perhaps due to the more liberal definition of injury and precise documentation of exposure. Risk factor analysis indicated that history of previous injury, weight lifting, and position maybe risk factors for injury in collegiate women's basketball.