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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

VARIATIONS IN INJURY INCIDENCE OVER THE SEASON IN ELITE PLAYERS

In the UEFA injury study, injury incidence was followed for the first team squad of 23 top level teams (among others Arsenal FC, Mann Untd, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, FC Inter, AC Milan, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, FC Porto, SL Benfica) from 2001 to 2008. Traumatic injuries and hamstring strains were more frequent during the competitive season, while overuse injuries were the most common in the preseason period.

The mean total injury incidence was 8/1000 hrs of exposure. The injury incidence was >6 times higher during matches than during training. The injury incidence, both in training and in matches, did not differ between seasons.

2 comments:

High Performance Fitness Blog said...

Can you post the reference?

No surprise in overuse injuries in pre-season, par for the course. A six year longitudinal study in tennis from the early 90's predicts overuse injuries if tennis training exceeds 6hrs or more per week. Inescapable part of the job, active recovery is key injury prevention for me.

George Nassis said...

The reference is Ekstrand et al (2011). Br J Sports Med 45;553-8