UEFA injury study-an injury audit of European Championships 2006 to 2008
2009 (English)In: BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, ISSN 0306-3674, Vol. 43, no 7, 483-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20185DOI: 10.1136/bjsm.2008.056937OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20185DiVA: diva2:233781