Injuries in a developing sport, cachibol (Newcomb Ball)

Uri Farkash, Oleg Borisov, Iftach Hetsroni, Ezequiel Palmanovich, Edna Zohar, Meir Nyska

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


Background: Cachibol (known as kadureshet in Hebrew) is a team ball game whose characteristics are similar to those of volleyball. The game is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among adult women and is the fastest growing female sport in Israel. Despite its growing popularity, data on the epidemiology of injuries incurred from this sport are sparse. Objectives: To investigate the incidence and severity of injuries among adult female cachibol players. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey and observational cohort study of 612 amateur female cachibol players participating in a 3 day national tournament; 355 players completed questionnaires relating to traumatic injuries incurred during previous cachibol activity (58% response rate). All injuries sustained during the tournament were reported. Results: Fingers were the most commonly injured part of the body, mostly due to a direct hit by the ball. Finger injuries, though considered mild, may have long-term implications: over 50% of the injured players reported long-term finger discomfort. After finger injuries, ankles and knees were the second most commonly injured parts of the body, with a higher rate of absence from sports activity and work and for a longer time compared to finger injuries. Conclusions: Due to the unique characteristics of cachibol, the rate of finger injuries is higher than in volleyball. Injuries are a growing cause for concern in view of the rapidly increasing number of cachibol players. Our findings may be useful for developing effective injury prevention programs for cachibol players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cachibol
  • Finger injuries
  • Kadureshet
  • Newcomb ball
  • Sports injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Injuries in a developing sport, cachibol (Newcomb Ball)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this