Analysis of research trends on elbow pain in overhead sports: A bibliometric study based on Web of Science database and VOSviewer

Li, Wei Han and Hadizadeh, Maryam and Yusof, Ashril and Naharudin, Mohamed Nashrudin (2022) Analysis of research trends on elbow pain in overhead sports: A bibliometric study based on Web of Science database and VOSviewer. Healthcare, 10 (11). ISSN 2227-9032, DOI

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The publications on elbow pain (EP) in overhead sports are increasing. The results of previous studies mostly focus on the influence of EP in the ball game and throwing sports. Thus, a bibliometric analysis of these publications may show the direction of hot topics and future research trends. The purpose of this study is to identify the research trends on EP in overhead sports. For the methods, the first step is to use the main keywords of `Elbow pain' and `Overhead sport' merging auxiliary vocabulary to reach the relevant global publications between 1970 and 2022 in the Web of Science (WoS) database. The literature data set is imported into EndNote literature manager software to remove duplication. Secondly, the duplication-reduced articles are imported to an Excel sheet according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria of this study. In the third step, VOSviewer software is applied as the main analysis tool in extracting data for analysis from the articles. Then, the main research results for three aspects are obtained by VOSviewer software which extracted and analyzed the parameters of author name, article title, publication journal, keywords, organization, publication country/region, and the sum of times cited from 455 qualified papers. The study found that the United States of America made the most outstanding contribution to this theme study. The research on EP in overhead sports in China requires more attention from scholars. EP in swimming is a new research direction worthy of attention. In conclusion, the research results prove the growth trend of EP in overhead sports. The EP problem not only exists in the ball game and throwing sports but also swimming. Sport commercialization and the involvement of related professional sports organizations determine the degree of EP's attention in a specific sport and the development of solutions. The development of a region or country also affects the depth and scope of EP study. Clinical research development and in-depth exploration are one of the bases to solve EP problems. Non-clinical action is beneficial to EP patients, but it still needs to be explored and studied.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elbow pain; Overhead sports; Bibliometric study; VOSviewer
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Libraries > Library science. Information science
Divisions: Faculty of Sports and Exercise Science (formerly known as Centre for Sports & Exercise Sciences)
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2023 08:17
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2023 08:17

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