International Orthopaedics

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 75–77 | Cite as

The relation of low grade mental ability to fractures in young men

  • S. Taimela
  • U. M. Kujala
  • K. Osterman


Reaction time, choice reaction time and mental ability were measured in a sample of 123 young men. Previous musculoskeletal injuries were noted. Eight subjects who had experienced a bone fracture in the preceding 20 months had significantly longer choice reaction time and poorer mental ability test results than the non-injured. This preliminary result shows that long choice reaction time and poor performance on mental ability tests are associated with accidental musculoskeletal injuries.


Public Health Reaction Time Poor Performance Bone Fracture Choice Reaction Time 
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Sur un échantillon de 123 jeunes hommes on a évalué le temps de réaction, le temps de réaction avec choix et la capacité intellectuelle. On a noté l'existence d'antécédents traumatiques ostéoarticulaires. Huit sujets qui avaient eu une fracture au cours des 20 mois précédents présentaient un temps de réaction avec choix significativement plus long et une moins bonne capacité intellectuelle que les sujets non traumatisés. Ce travail préliminaire montre qu'il existe une relation entre les lésions accidentelles du squelette et la longueur du temps de réaction avec choix ainsi qu'avec des résultats médiocres aux tests mesurant la capacité intellectuelle.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Taimela
    • 1
  • U. M. Kujala
    • 1
  • K. Osterman
    • 2
  1. 1.Paavo Nurmi CentreSports Medical Research UnitTurkuFinland
  2. 2.The Orthopaedic Hospital of the Invalid FoundationHelsinkiFinland

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