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Clin J Sport Med. 2011 May;21(3):259-60. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31821a6025.

Injuries in youth soccer during the preseason.

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Centre of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport, Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. jbrito@fade.up.pt

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate injuries occurring during the preseason in youth soccer players.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study over 1 preseason.

SETTING:

2009-2010 preseason.

PARTICIPANTS:

Subjects were 912 youths aged 12 to 19 years.

ASSESSMENT OF RISK FACTORS:

The club's medical staff prospectively recorded all injuries. A reportable injury was defined as by the consensus statement on soccer injuries. Estimated injury rates per 1000 hours of exposure during the preseason period were calculated.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Injury rates (injuries per 1000 hours of soccer exposure) during preseason practices by age group, as well as prevalence, severity, and type of injuries.

RESULTS:

Total incidence was 2.5 injuries per 1000 hours of exposure. Incidence of match and training injuries were 6.7 and 1.8 injuries per 1000 hours (P = 0.02), respectively. Injuries were sustained by 7.2% of players during the preseason, and 79% of the injuries involved the lower limbs, of which 23% were located to the thigh. Muscle strains and contusions were the most common injuries and external trauma the main cause.

CONCLUSIONS:

No age-related trend in the incidence of preseason injuries was found. During the preseason training period, athletic trainers should expect a majority of muscle strains, especially in the thigh region.

PMID:
21487292
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e31821a6025
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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