Epidemiology of injuries in First Division Spanish football

Noya Salces, Javier and Gómez-Carmona, Pedro M. and Gracia-Marco, Luis and Moliner-Urdiales, Diego and Sillero Quintana, Manuel (2013). Epidemiology of injuries in First Division Spanish football. "Journal of Sports Sciences", v. 32 (n. 13); pp. 1263-1270. ISSN 0264-0414. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.884720.


Title: Epidemiology of injuries in First Division Spanish football
  • Noya Salces, Javier
  • Gómez-Carmona, Pedro M.
  • Gracia-Marco, Luis
  • Moliner-Urdiales, Diego
  • Sillero Quintana, Manuel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Sports Sciences
Date: 2013
ISSN: 0264-0414
Volume: 32
Freetext Keywords: professional football, men, injury incidence, injury exposure, football association
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Deportes
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract The aim was to examine the injuries sustained by Spanish football players in the First Division and to compare injury-related variables in the context of both competition and training. The injury data were prospectively collected from 16 teams (427 players) using a specific web-based survey during the 2008/2009 season. A total of 1293 injuries were identified (145 were recurring injuries). The overall injury incidence was 5.65 injuries per 1000 h of exposure. Injuries were much more common during competition than during training (43.53 vs. 3.55 injuries per 1000 h of exposure, P menor que 0.05). Most of the injuries (89.6%) involved the lower extremities, and overuse (65.7%) was the main cause. Muscle and tendon injuries were the most common types of injury (53.8%) among the players. The incidence of training injuries was greater during the pre-season and tended to decrease throughout the season, while the incidence of competition injuries increased throughout the season (all P menor que 0.05). In conclusion, the results of this study suggest the need for injury prevention protocols in the First Division of the Spanish Football League to reduce the number of overuse injuries in the muscles and tendons in the lower extremities. In addition, special attention should be paid during the pre-season and the competitive phase II (the last four months of the season) in order to prevent training and competition injuries, respectively.

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Item ID: 29404
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/29404/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:29404
DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2014.884720
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 05 Feb 2015 13:17
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 13:17
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