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Physical activity and injuries during pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21088307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Although physical activity can provide health benefits to pregnant women, population-based research on the circumstances surrounding injuries from physical activity during pregnancy is lacking.
METHODS: Physical activity and subsequent injuries among a cohort of 1469 pregnant women in North Carolina were examined prospectively from the third phase of the Pregnancy, Infection, and Nutrition Study between 2001 and 2005. Chi-square analyses were used to compare distributions of maternal characteristics among women who sustained injuries from physical activity and women who reported no injuries during pregnancy. Injury incidence rates were calculated.
RESULTS: Few pregnant women (N = 34) reported a physical activity-related injury during pregnancy. The rates of physical activity-related and exercise-related injuries during pregnancy were 3.2 per 1000 physical activity hours and 4.1 per 1000 exercise hours, respectively. The most common types of injuries were bruises or scrapes (55%). Among all injuries, 33% resulted from exercise and 67% resulted from nonexercise physical activities. Sixty-four percent of all injuries were due to falls.
CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of injury from physical activity was low during pregnancy. Women should continue to be encouraged to maintain involvement in physical activity during pregnancy, while being aware of the potential for injury, particularly falls, from these activities.
Catherine J Vladutiu; Kelly R Evenson; Stephen W Marshall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1543-3080     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-22     Completed Date:  2010-12-16     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  761-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Status
North Carolina / epidemiology
Pregnancy / physiology*
Prospective Studies
Socioeconomic Factors
Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
Young Adult
Grant Support
CA 109804-01/CA/NCI NIH HHS; DK 061981-02/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; HD 37584/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 CA109804-06/CA/NCI NIH HHS; RR 00046/RR/NCRR NIH HHS

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