The 2001 exam question 25 a) states: Outline the differences between direct and indirect sports injuries. In response to this question Maja wrote the following answer. Check it out below and use the notes from the marking centre on NESA to see what you think of her response.
Sports injuries can occur in two different ways, being either a direct or indirect injury. Direct injuries are those that are caused by an external force to the body. This includes having direct contact with an object such as a hockey stick, another person such as contact with a player in rugby in a tackle or contact with a surface. Examples of direct injuries can include a bone fracture from the impact of a cricket ball or a contusion from a ‘cork’ where the knee collides with the body. An indirect injury differs to a direct injury as it is one that is caused by an internal force within the body. This could be a result of an unnatural muscle action or extreme force on a joint. Examples of indirect injuries can include a dislocation from incorrectly performing a handstand or a strain in the hamstring due to overstretching a muscle.