REVIEW ARTICLE: Wheelchair Basketball: Managing Shoulder Pain in Athletes - TANZILA A POTIA

Shoulder pain in an elite female wheelchair basketball athlete- A three part series In this three part series, I shall discuss a topic that is gaining popularity worldwide but continues to be lesser known amongst most physiotherapists. In Part 1, I shall give a brief introduction regarding the sport and the most common pathology that affects its players, classify wheelchair basketball athletes (WBA) and finally discuss the various risk factors that are associated with shoulder impingement in WBA

INTRODUCTION- Wheelchair basketball is a fast growing, high profile Paralympics and recreational sport for disabled athletes (IWBF 2010, Tolfrey 2005). Wheelchair basketball athletes (WBA) are not only classified using playing positions but are assigned points based on their functional capacity to perform sport related skills (IWBF 2008). Although the prevalence of shoulder pain in wheelchair users (WU) ranges from 31% - 73%, Finley and Rodgers 2004 suggest that 44% of injuries are primarily attributed to impingement of the subacromial contents causing rotator cuff tendinopathy due to shoulder overuse during activities of daily living (ADL) being further compounded by the physical demands of basketball for WBA

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