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UEFA injury study-an injury audit of European Championships 2006 to 2008
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6883-1471
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2009 (English)In: BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, ISSN 0306-3674, Vol. 43, no 7, 483-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To study the incidence and nature of injuries at European Championships, to compare training and match injury characteristics and to study differences in injury incidence between tournaments. Design: Team physicians prospectively recorded individual player exposure and time loss injuries during 12 European Championships (mens EURO n = 1, mens Under-21 n = 2, mens Under-19 n = 3, mens Under-17 n = 3, womens Under-19 n = 3) from 2006 to 2008. Setting: International football tournaments Participants: 1594 men and 433 women Main outcome measurement: Injury incidence Results: 224 injuries (45 training, 179 match play) were registered among 208 (10%) players. No differences in training injury incidence were seen between tournaments (range 1.3-3.9 injuries/1000 hours). The mens EURO had the highest match injury incidence (41.6 injuries/1000 hours) followed by the mens Under-21 tournaments (33.9). The lowest match injury incidence was seen in the womens Under-19 tournaments (20.5). Training injuries constituted 20% of all injuries and caused 26% of all match unavailability. A greater proportion of match injuries were due to trauma (83 vs 47%, p less than 0.001) and occurred from player contact (75 vs 48%, p = 0.018) compared to training injuries. A higher frequency of reinjury was found among training injuries than match injuries (20 vs 6%, p = 0.009). Conclusions: Match injury incidence increased with age, indicating greater risk with higher intensity of play. Training injury incidence was relatively low, but training injuries were responsible for a quarter of all match unavailability and may thus have a profound impact on team performance and should be the object of preventive measures.

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2009. Vol. 43, no 7, 483-489 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20185DOI: 10.1136/bjsm.2008.056937OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20185DiVA: diva2:233781
Available from: 2009-09-02 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2013-09-04

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