Epidemiology of injuries in professional football: A systematic review and meta-analysis

López-Valenciano, Alejandro, Ruiz-Pérez, Iñaki, García-Gómez, A, Vera-García, Francisco J, De Ste Croix, Mark B ORCID: 0000-0001-9911-4355, Myer, Gregory D and Ayala, Francisco (2019) Epidemiology of injuries in professional football: A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. ISSN 0306-3674 (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological data of injuries in professional male football. Method: Forty-four studies have reported the incidence of injuries in football. Two reviewers independently extracted data and assessed trial quality using the STROBE statement and Newcastle Ottawa Scale. Studies were combined in a pooled analysis using a Poisson random effects regression model. Results: The overall incidence of injuries in professional male football players was 8.1 injuries/1000 hours of exposure. Match injury incidence (36 injuries/1000 hours of exposure was almost ten times higher than training injury incidence rate (3.7 injuries/1000 hours of exposure). Lower extremity injuries had the highest incidence rates (6.8 injuries/1000 hours of exposure). The most common type of injury was muscle/tendon (4.6 injuries/1000 hours of exposure), which were frequently associated with traumatic incidents. Minor injuries (1-3 days of time loss) were the most common. The incidence rate of injuries in the top 5 European professional leagues was not different to that of the professional leagues in other countries (6.8 vs. 7.6 injuries/1000 hours of exposure, respectively). Conclusions: Professional male football players have a substantial risk of sustaining injuries, especially during matches.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport and Exercise > Applied Sport & Exercise Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 15:06
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 15:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6881

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