#ReadyToPlay: health problems in women's football-a two-season prospective cohort study in the Norwegian premier league

Roar Amundsen*, Solveig Thorarinsdottir, Benjamin Clarsen, Thor Einar Andersen, Merete Møller, Roald Bahr

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe the prevalence, incidence and burden of all health problems in the Norwegian women's premier league. Methods: During the 2020 and 2021 seasons, players in the Norwegian women's premier league reported all health problems (sudden-onset injuries, gradual-onset injuries and illnesses) weekly, using the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre Questionnaire on Health Problems. Team medical staff diagnosed reported problems using the Sport Medicine Diagnostic Coding System. We calculated average weekly prevalence, incidence and burden of all health problems reported. Results: We included 294 players (age: 22±4 years) from 11 teams. Response rate to the weekly questionnaire was 79%. On average, 32% (95% CI: 31% to 33%) of the players reported at least one health problem at any time and 22% (95% CI: 21% to 23%) reported a substantial health problem negatively affecting their training volume or performance. The overall incidence was 10.7 health problems per 1000 hours of football exposure. Sudden-onset injuries were most severe (68% of the total time loss), followed by gradual-onset injuries (25%) and illnesses (8%). Thigh was the most common injury location (26%), while knee injuries were most severe, causing 42% of the total injury time loss. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries alone caused 30% of the total injury time loss. Conclusion: One in five players had a health problem negatively affecting their training volume or performance at any time. Sudden-onset injuries represented the most burdensome health problem. Thigh injuries were most frequent, while knee injuries, ACL injuries especially, were most severe.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Vol/bind58
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)4-10
ISSN0306-3674
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2024

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