November 15, 2013

Karate Instructors Injury Survey (KIIS)

Dear Karateka around the world. I want to ask anybody who has a true passion for Karate and has more than 10 years of experience to help collect data for this survey. Please read more below:

Dr. Alex Sternberg
516 652-3211 (cell)

Dear Karatekas and Friends,

I am enclosing a detailed information sheet regarding the KARATE INSTRUCTOR’S INJURY SURVEY.

I am asking for your help in publicizing and disseminating this survey among your members and readers.

As my information sheet clearly states, this survey is completely anonymous and the privacy of all respondents are strictly protected. This project has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the SUNY College of Medicine School of Public Health toward my research and dissertation for a Doctor of Public Health degree. ( approval # 483426-1)

Privacy and anonymity of all respondents is guaranteed by the IRB at Downstate and any correspondence may be directed to Dr. John Meyer ( HYPERLINK"",the chairman of the Environmental and Occupational Health division at the School of Public Health.

This survey is anon-partisan, non style, non organizational project, who’s only purpose is to gather information on the frequency and severity of injuries associated with long term karate practice.

I hope to publicize this survey, with your help, among all US Karate practitioners and instructors, regardless of what style they practice or what organization (if any) they may belong to.



During the past 20 years, we have heard with increasing frequency, stories about injuries and surgeries (not sustained at tournaments) among those karate-kas who have practiced for 10, 20 or 30 years and more. Such injuries seem to be connected with training and over use.

Why is this happening and how much of a problem is this? What is the cause of such over use injuries and who is most susceptible?

It is my opinion, that it behooves us in the leadership of our industry to investigate this issue.

Many other sports, such as boxing, football, baseball and others, once made aware of preventable injuries sidelining their athletes, took steps to control and reduce such risk associated with their sport. We, in karate must also take steps to protect our athletes and future instructors. The first step is to survey American karate-kas to determine the prevalence of such injuries. My survey seeks to answer some of these questions and to investigate the magnitude of this problem.

Please write an editorial bringing my survey to your readers attention with a plea for their cooperation in filling out my survey. Feel free to include my information letter and the link to the survey.

Should you want to contact me for more information, I will be delighted to work with you in order to help you to help me.

Thank you

Dr. Alex Sternberg


For any more information, please contact me:

Karate Instructors Injury Survey (KIIS)
To enter the survey please click on this hyperlink:

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