Objective: 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.
Keywords: Audit; Epidemiology; Football; Injury; Muscle.
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