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Prognostic factors of muscle injury in elite football players : A media-based, retrospective 5-year analysis

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Wilke, Jan ; Tenberg, Sarah ; Groneberg, David:
Prognostic factors of muscle injury in elite football players : A media-based, retrospective 5-year analysis.
In: Physical Therapy in Sport. Vol. 55 (2022) . - pp. 305-308.
ISSN 1873-1600

Abstract in another language

Motor function has been demonstrated to be weakly predictive for the occurrence of muscle injury in team sports. This study examined the value of non-motor prognostic factors in elite football (soccer).

Retrospective cohort study.

Analysis of a public data register (

1148 players of 38 German and English first-division football clubs.

Binary logistic regression examining the association of prognostic factors (age, height, weight, BMI, playing position, market value, history of injury, number of played matches and minutes) and time-loss muscle injuries sustained during five consecutive seasons (2014/2015 to 2018/2019).

A total of 1722 muscle injuries were observed in 619 players. History of general musculoskeletal injury (OR 5.3, 95% CI 3.8-7.5), playing position (OR 2.4-2.5), market value (OR 2.3, 95% CI 1.7-3.1), and history of muscle injury (OR 1.6, 95% CI 1.1-2.2) were associated with muscle injury. Sub-analyses revealed location-specific patterns. Playing position was not predictive for adductor injury and, except for one weak association (defender vs. goalkeeper: OR 1.05, 95%CI 0.42-2.62), the same applied to the calf. Contrary to other locations, thigh re-injury was not predicted by previous muscle injury.

Non-motor factors display significant associations with injury risk in elite football players. Conditioning coaches may use this information to improve primary and secondary prevention, while scouting departments may benefit during recruitment.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Muscle tears; Return to play; Soccer; Strains
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Chair Sport Science I - Neuromotorik und Bewegung > Chair Sport Science I - Neuromotorik und Bewegung - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Wilke
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2024 12:20
Last Modified: 02 May 2024 06:40