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Table 1 Classification of Injuries

From: Pattern and management of sports injuries presented by Lagos state athletes at the 16thNational Sports Festival (KADA games 2009) in Nigeria

Classification Description Types of Injuries
Minor Injury in which an athlete was able to return to his/her game immediately after an on-site treatment or able to participate in the next game after an off-site treatment Lacerations, bruises, contusions, muscle cramps/spasm, mild sprains and strains.
Moderate Injury in which an athlete was unable to return to his/her game immediately after an on-site treatment or unable to participate in the next game(s) after an off-site treatment Lacerations involving suturing, joint dislocations, moderate sprains/strains, small bone fractures.
Major A potentially life-threatening injury that demanded immediate referral to a tertiary institution Head injuries, multiple fractures of long bones, spinal cord injuries.
  1. Injury severity and operational definitions for the study