Injuries in youth soccer during the preseason

João Brito, Antonio Rebelo, Maria José Soares, André Seabra, Peter Krustrup, Robert M Malina

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate injuries occurring during the preseason in youth soccer players.

DESIGN: Prospective cohort study over 1 preseason.

SETTING: 2009-2010 preseason.

PARTICIPANTS: Subjects were 912 youths aged 12 to 19 years.

ASSESSMENT OF RISK FACTORS: The club's medical staff prospectively recorded all injuries. A reportable injury was defined as by the consensus statement on soccer injuries. Estimated injury rates per 1000 hours of exposure during the preseason period were calculated.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Injury rates (injuries per 1000 hours of soccer exposure) during preseason practices by age group, as well as prevalence, severity, and type of injuries.

RESULTS: Total incidence was 2.5 injuries per 1000 hours of exposure. Incidence of match and training injuries were 6.7 and 1.8 injuries per 1000 hours (P = 0.02), respectively. Injuries were sustained by 7.2% of players during the preseason, and 79% of the injuries involved the lower limbs, of which 23% were located to the thigh. Muscle strains and contusions were the most common injuries and external trauma the main cause.

CONCLUSIONS: No age-related trend in the incidence of preseason injuries was found. During the preseason training period, athletic trainers should expect a majority of muscle strains, especially in the thigh region.

TidsskriftClinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)259-60
StatusUdgivet - 2011
Udgivet eksterntJa



Brito, J., Rebelo, A., Soares, M. J., Seabra, A., Krustrup, P., & Malina, R. M. (2011). Injuries in youth soccer during the preseason. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 21(3), 259-60.