1. Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, New Taipei Municipal Tucheng Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2. Center of Comprehensive Sports Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
3. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan.
4. College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
5. Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
6. Open University of Kaohsiung, Center for General Education, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
*The two authors have contributed equally as co-first authors.
Basketball is a popular sport worldwide with a high injury risk. In this study, we conducted survey composed of clinical symptom reporting scale, physical examination and meticulous portable musculoskeletal ultrasound to 19 elite male high school basketball players and 15 regular male high school students. Our study showed the incidence of ultrasonographic findings of any lesion, suprapatellar effusion and proximal patellar tendinopathy is significantly higher in player group, and the incidence of asymptomatic ultrasonographic lesion is also higher in player group. Screening for asymptomatic lesions bares clinical relevance and plays a role in prevention of symptom development. With the concise and easy-to-perform ultrasonography protocol we performed and being interpreted by sports team physician, the protocol can offer precise diagnosis of common injury and screening for asymptomatic lesion potentially progressive.
Keywords: basketball, injury, ultrasonography, elite, adolescent, patellar tendon, effusion, prevention