The major traumas in youth football

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2003 Nov;11(6):399-402. doi: 10.1007/s00167-003-0343-1. Epub 2003 Mar 4.

Abstract

For 4 years we followed a group of football players in the youth division of a professional club, ranging in age from 9 to 19 years, and analyzed the major injuries, i.e., those which required them to be sidelined for at least 4 weeks. We observed 23 sprains, 16 fractures, 16 cases of osteochondrosis, 7 muscle lesions, 6 cases of groin pain (athletic pubalgia), and 4 tendonopathies. The most frequent sites were the knee (n=30) and the ankle (n=11); the trauma factor was predominant (65.2%) with respect to overuse; noncontact traumas were more numerous (63.8%) than those resulting from contrast. Of a total 72 cases 8 regarded goalkeepers, and the remaining 64 cases were distributed among the other positions. As regards the age categories we detected a prevalence of osteochondrosis, traumatic detachments, and some fractures in the younger players, while in the older athletes we observed more sprains, muscle lesions, and tendonopathies.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Ankle Injuries / etiology
  • Ankle Injuries / therapy
  • Child
  • Football / injuries*
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy
  • Groin / injuries
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / etiology
  • Knee Injuries / therapy
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries
  • Osteochondritis / etiology
  • Osteochondritis / therapy
  • Sprains and Strains / etiology
  • Sprains and Strains / therapy
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / therapy