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gph 12:01 Thu Mar 14
More injuries in football
New Scientist summary:

Professional football really is tougher than it used to be, according to a study on the rate of injuries. Researchers tracked 243 players from 10 clubs across four divisions below the English Premier League in the 2015/16 season. They found players had an average of 1.9 injuries per player per season, compared to 1.3 in the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons combined – the last time a similar study was conducted. Modern players run around 30 per cent further than in 2006, but recovery time has not increased.

Abstract of relevant paper:
Epidemiology of injury in English Professional Football players: A cohort study.
Jones A, Jones G, Greig N, Bower P, Brown J, Hind K, Francis P.

To estimate the current incidence and location of injury in English professional football.

DESIGN:
Prospective cohort study conducted over one competitive season (2015/16).

SETTING:
Professional football players competing in the English Football League and National Conference.

PARTICIPANTS:
243 players from 10 squads (24.3 ± 4.21 per squad).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:
Injury incidence, training and match exposure were collected in accordance with the international consensus statement on football injury epidemiology.

RESULTS:
473 injuries were reported. The estimated incidence of injury was, 9.11 injuries/1000 h of football related activity. There was a higher incidence of injury during match play (24.29/1000 h) compared to training (6.84/1000 h). The thigh was the most common site of injury (31.7%), muscle strains accounted for 41.2% of all injuries. The hamstrings were the most frequently strained muscle group, accounting for 39.5% of all muscle strains and 16.3% of all injuries. Moderate severity injuries (8-28 days) were the most common (44.2%).

CONCLUSIONS:
Incidence of injury has increased over the last 16 years with muscle strains remaining the most prevalent injury. The hamstrings remain the most commonly injured muscle group.

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Chigwell 10:02 Fri Mar 15
Re: More injuries in football
You only have to watch on YouTube matches from the 70s to see that the chances of major injury were much greater on those muddy pitches, with tackles that would never be allowed these days. Also there was only 1 sub allowed per match, so getting tired was no reason to come off and sit on the bench. I agree with OP that money is behind the so-called injury stats: many players avoid performing below their best because it may hit their next salary demand or transfer fee cut. I don't accept this argument that they are all highly-tuned athletes and more readily pick up injuries. There are still plenty of "old school" players motivated enough to return early from injury and to put their reputation on the line for the purpose of playing for their club: Harry Kane is a good example.

El Scorchio 2:07 Thu Mar 14
Re: More injuries in football
I think it's also likely players are less inclined to play through slight things they would have 20 years ago, and the clubs, because the players are so expensive, can't afford the prospect of a player not at 100% putting themselves out long term for the sake of playing through a slight problem. Probably more things are reported as injuries that wouldn't be in the past.

I'm sure these days the Julian Dicks situation would never happen- didn't he basically play on through a problem (mainly through bad medical advice) which resulted in that really bad knee situation that effectively ended his career?

wanstead_hammer 2:04 Thu Mar 14
Re: More injuries in football
No mention of fractured eyelashes, cracked toenails or split ends then.
(Oh...you said the geordie ponce not included. Apologies).

Haha Ted.
Only the refs seem to have em now.

Mike the Hammer 2:03 Thu Mar 14
Re: More injuries in football
Would it be a possibility that clubs bring players up to optimum performance level in training for matchday preparation, but in general tthe players aren't looking after themselves properly outside of the club's jurisdiction?

ted fenton 1:53 Thu Mar 14
Re: More injuries in football
Footballers these days are tuned athletes hence the amount of hamstring injuries these were unheard of in the sixties where the main injuries were ankles and knee cartilage damage.
Some players even had beer guts our own Johnny Byrne had one.

Takashi Miike 1:14 Thu Mar 14
Re: More injuries in football
modern pitches cause many of the injuries

gph 12:03 Thu Mar 14
Re: More injuries in football
Note: this excludes the Premier League, so these figures are not Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere's fault





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