Injury incidence in a Spanish sub-elite professional football team: A prospective study during four consecutive seasons

Mallo Sainz, Javier and González Frutos, Pablo and Veiga Fernandez, Santiago and Navarro Cabello, Enrique (2011). Injury incidence in a Spanish sub-elite professional football team: A prospective study during four consecutive seasons. "Journal of Sports Science and Medicine", v. 2011 (n. 10); pp. 731-736. ISSN 1303-2968.

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Title: Injury incidence in a Spanish sub-elite professional football team: A prospective study during four consecutive seasons
Author/s:
  • Mallo Sainz, Javier
  • González Frutos, Pablo
  • Veiga Fernandez, Santiago
  • Navarro Cabello, Enrique
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Date: 2011
ISSN: 1303-2968
Volume: 2011
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Soccer, epidemiology, hamstrings, match play.
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Salud y Rendimiento Humano
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the injury incidence and injury characteristics of a Spanish sub-elite professional football team during four consecutive seasons. A team was followed prospectively from the season 2003-2004 to 2006-2007 and individual player exposure and time loss injuries were recorded during all club training sessions and matches. A total of 313 time-loss injuries were recorded. The mean injury incidence was 10.9 injuries/1000 hours (5.2 injuries/1000 training hours and 44.1 injuries/1000 match hours). The injury incidence during competitive matches was higher (p < 0.001) than in friendly matches (55.8 vs. 22.6 injuries/1000 hours). The incidence of major injuries (>28 days absence) was 0.4 injuries/1000 hours. The thigh was the most commonly (35%) injured region and caused 29% of all competitive match absence. Muscle injuries in the four main groups of the lower limbs (hamstrings, adductors, quadriceps and calf muscles) caused 43% of competitive match unavailability. The results of this study show that the risk to sustain a major injury in the course of the season was low for sub-elite footballers in comparison to elite players. Thigh strains were the first cause of absence in competition due to injury.

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Item ID: 11882
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/11882/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:11882
Official URL: http://www.jssm.org
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 09 Oct 2012 11:40
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 11:04
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