Article Text

Download PDFPDF
PW 1562 Being physically active elevates risk for injury amongst university students: a multi-center cross-sectional study in china
  1. Liping Li1,
  2. Weicong Cai1,
  3. Pengying Yue2,
  4. Xiaofan Yue3,
  5. Cunxian Jia4
  1. 1Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China
  2. 2Xi’an Innovation College of Yan’an University, Xi’an, Shanxi, China
  3. 3Jiangxi Teachers College, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  4. 4Shandong University School of Public Health, Jinan, Shandong, China


Background In China, university students might be more physically active as their release from heavy academic burdens for college admission and independence from parents, resulting in their frequent engagement in relatively risky activities without parents’ supervision. Correspondingly, an increment of physical activity-related injury (PARI) can be expected.

Objective This study, funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31640038), was designed to investigate the epidemic and explore risk factors of PARI among Chinese university students via a multi-center survey.

Methods By the method of cluster sampling, students graded 1–3 from eight universities in four Chinese cities (namely Shantou [Guangdong], Jinan [Shandong], Xi’an [Shanxi] and Nanchang [Jiangxi]) were selected and invited to complete the online questionnaire during March and April, 2017. The questionnaire was comprised of basic characteristics, physical activity (PA) involvement, sleep duration, and PARI episodes happened in the past 12 months. The multivariate logistic regression was used to estimate risk factors for PARI.

Findings Of 5341 participants, 1293 suffered from PARI in the past 12 months, with an overall rate of 24.2% (males: 26.2%, females: 23.2%). More than one fifth of the injured (22.9%) sustained PARI at least three episodes. Over half of the injured (57.3%) experienced a withdrawal time of PA and nearly two fifth (39.6%) received medical treatment owing to PARI. Frequent PA participation, including vigorous-intensity and moderate-intensity, with longer duration would elevate risk for injury. Males, sports team members, and those with diagnosed chronic conditions were also at higher risks.

Conclusion and policy implications PARI was prevalent among Chinese university students. Being physically active would increase risk for injury. The above data provide insights that focused and effective injury-intervention approaches should be implemented in university students. Safety issues should also be emphasized when promoting PA to the public to reduce PARI occurrence.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.