Recently, what I believe to be the first scientific article addressing precisely this topic, has appeared in press. The study conducted by means of questionnaires in over 200 senior French jûdôka, identified 36 hip joint replacements, 10 knee replacements, and 3 shoulder replacements. This total of 49 procedures was performed in 38 patients hence showing that some patients underwent multiple joint replacements.
The results were interesting and indicated that a little over 76% of those people returned to judo after approx. 4 months of recovery, although 66% had been recommended by their treating physician to quit judo altogether. Of those judoka who previously still competed in master's or other contests, all stopped competing after joint replacement. Satisfaction rates in the judoka with their joint replacement was approx. 84%.
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