Injuries can be defined as any pain or musculoskeletal condition resulting from practice and/or competition that compromise in some way (intensity, frequency) routine/performance during
training/competitions. In addition to the performance loss during the competition, the athlete is additional financial expense for the treatment to return even in the same season. The objective of
this study is map injuries and assess the financial costs related to treatment and injury prevention programs to athletes of different sports of Fundação Pró-Esporte de Santos (Pro-Sport Santos
Foundation) (FUPES) which are athletes who compete representing the city of Santos in national and international competitions.
Methods: Between July 2013 and December 2015 the injured athletes were seen weekly in interprofessional sports traumatology’s office, composed of orthopedic surgeons of the Santa Casa
de Santos, physical therapists enrolled in the master's program and undergraduate members of research project Centro Interprofissional de Pesquisa e estudo no Esporte (Interprofessional Center for
Research and study on Sport) (CIPE) of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo – Campus Baixada Santista (Federal University of São Paulo – Campus Santos) (UNIFESP). They were offered medical
appointments, injury treatments as well as injury prevention program to all athletes. All services are offered free of charge.
Sixty-five athletes were treated at the clinic, totalizing 105 calls (first appointment and return), and recorded 91 injuries, 50 magnetic resonance imaging, X-rays and a nine electromyography. The
most frequent injuries were ankle sprains, patellar tendinopathy, anterior cruciate ligament injury, groin pain and disorders of the rotator cuff. The sports with the highest incidence of injury were
handball, basketball and volleyball. There were performed 783 physical therapy room visits and 209 injury prevention training (47 athletes). Despite the higher number of visits for treatment of
injuries there was increasing on demand and injury prevention training, and the amount of treatment of injuries between 2013 and 2015 has decreased, suggesting awareness of the importance of injury
prevention by athletes and coaching staff.
Handball, basketball and volleyball were sports with highest incidence of injury, corroborating literature. The partnership between FUPES, Orthopedics and Traumatology Department of Santa Casa de
Santos, research projects and Universidade Federal de São Paulo Master’s program resulted in financial savings of approximately R$120.000,00 (US$27.000,00), scientific production and therapeutic
support to athletes.