Injury prevention

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The incidence of head injuries in novice judo practitioners is of increasing public concern in Japan. This study investigated the correlation between trunk biomechanics and judo-related head injury risk in novice judokas with the aim of developing effective injury prevention strategies. Thirty-one novice judokas were volunteered to participate the study. Three-dimensional motion analysis of the osoto-gari breakfall was performed. A multiple regression analysis was usedto test the correlation between trunk biomechanics and possible head injury risk. We found a significant correlation between the trunk COM velocity and the peak neck angular momentum (F= 13.29, df= 3, P< 0.001, r= 0.77). The result suggests that controlling the trunk COM angular velocity may play an important role in judo-related head injury prevention for novice judokas.