Higher age and present injury at the start of the season are risk factors for in-season injury in amateur male and female football players- a prospective cohort study

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Key Points

  1. At any time during the season, almost one in five amateur male footballers and one in four amateur female footballers reported an injury.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Football, the world’s most popular sport, is enjoyed by individuals of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Much of the existing football literature has been completed in professional male athletes. Data on amateur and female football players is sparse, especially in the realms of injury surveillance and injury risk identification.

The objectives of this study were to 1) describe injury prevalence and patterns, and 2) describe baseline risk factors for injury in male and female adolescent and adult amateur footballers.

Data on amateur and female football players is sparse, especially in the realms of injury surveillance and injury risk identification.
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Players over the age of 25 and those who reported presence of injury at the beginning of the season may benefit from individualized injury risk mitigation programs including training load modification or off-season plans.

METHODS

  • 462 adolescent and adult male and female amateur football players in Sweden (130 men, age 20.0 ± 5.7, 14–46 years) were followed over one season (March-October).
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