Background and Purpose：To explore the pattern of sports injuries among aboriginal and non-aboriginal junior high school students in Taipei City, Taiwan. Methods：In 2002, 727 aboriginal adolescents, from fifth to ninth grade, were enrolled in this study across 103 elementary schools and 74 junior high schools in Taipei City. Self-administered questionnaires were mailed to these aboriginal adolescents and to a non-aboriginal control group of the same gender and similar academic achievement. In total, 1,046 students were recruited to this study. Results：Approximately 44% of aboriginals and 41% of their non-aboriginal counterparts reported experiencing sports or recreation injuries during the school term. The most common types of injuries were sprains or strains, eccymoses, contusions and cramps. The most frequent injury sites were the hands, knees and ankles. A chi-square test analysis indicated that there were significant differences in injury sites for feet (χ^2=4.35, p＜.05) and back (χ^2=5.38, p＜.05) between the two groups. According to multiple logistic regression analysis, the following factors were significantly associated with subjects' sports or recreation-related injuries: being male (OR=1.62; 95% CI=1.25-2.11); joining a school team (OR=1.57; 95% CI=1.14-2.17) and the amount of exercise (OR=1.24; 95% CI=1.08-1.43). Conclusion: Over 40% of the subjects reported experiencing sports or recreation injuries during the school term. There is a need to strengthen the sports injury prevention programs of both health and education sectors.
- sports injuries