Who gets injured in Soccer? Where and maybe why?!

A nice little paper has just been published by Journal of Sports Sciences (Volume 36, 2018 - Issue 13) and it is entitled "An audit of injuries in six English professional soccer academies", by Read et al.

You can read it in its entirety (injuries in six english professional soccer academies.pdf) but, if you have better things to do, here is a little precis!

This study assessed the current injury occurrence, providing an update to reports published prior to the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). 608 soccer players aged 11–18 years from six professional soccer clubs were prospectively monitored, recording injuries during the 2014–2015 season.

An injury rate of 1.32 injuries per player/season was indicated with a mean time loss of 21.9 days per injury. The greatest time loss per injury was in the U14s-U15s, and the highest rate of severe injuries in the U15s. Strains and sprains were the most common injury type, with the knee and ankle the most frequently injured anatomical sites.

Interestingly, this study also looked at seasonal variability in relation to injury and found that there were two peaks in injury incidence, occurring in September and January, i.e. early spring, when the grounds are quite hard, and midwinter, when the ground may be very soft. this fits with injury data from Australian Rules Football which shows similar spikes during the summer training months and mid-winter.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical