Guilherme F Reis, Thiago R T Santos, Rodrigo C P Lasmar, Otaviano Oliveira Júnior, Rômulo F F Lopes, Sérgio T Fonseca
Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy 2015 October 6
Objective: To establish the injury profile of soccer players from a first division Brazilian soccer team. In addition, we investigated the association between the characteristics of the injuries and the player’s age and position.
Method: Forty-eight players from a Brazilian first division soccer team were followed during one season. Descriptive statistics were used to characterize the injury profile. Spearman’s tests were used to verify the association between the number and severity of injuries and the player’s age. Chi-square test was used to verify the association between type of injury and player’s position. Fisher’s exact test was used to verify the association between the severity of injuries and player’s position.
Results: The incidence of injuries was 42.84/1000 hours in matches and 2.40/1000 hours in training. The injury severity was 19.5±34.4 days off competition or training. Lower limb was the most common location of injury and most injuries were muscular/tendinous, overuse, non-recurrent, and non-contact injuries. Player’s age correlated with the amount and severity of muscle and tendon injuries. Defenders had more minimal injuries (1-3 days lost), while forwards had more moderate (8-28 days lost) and severe injuries (>28 days lost). Furthermore, wingbacks had more muscle and tendon injuries, while midfielders had more joint and ligament injuries.
Conclusion: The injury profile of the Brazilian players investigated in this study reflected regional differences in soccer practices. Results confirm the influence of the player’s age and position on the soccer injuries profile.