Incidence of injury and illness in South african professional male soccer players : a prospective cohort study

Show simple item record Bayne, Helen Schwellnus, Martin Peter Janse van Rensburg, Dina Christina Botha, Jhano Pillay, Lervasen 2018-09-27T08:37:21Z 2018-06
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Medical illnesses and sports-related injuries both have an effect on athlete health and performance. Epidemiology of injury and illness has been extensively researched during international soccer tournaments and the European soccer season. Reports on injury location and severity differ across geographical regions, and there is limited information on injury epidemiology in African soccer leagues. No studies have investigated the illness burden in soccer in Africa. METHODS : This was a prospective cohort study involving two soccer teams over the 10-month duration of the 2015/16 Premier Soccer League in South Africa. Team medical staff recorded daily soccer exposure, illness and injuries. Team-based match and training exposure was calculated and used to determine injury and illness incidence and burden over the soccer season. RESULTS : Overall injury incidence was 2.2/1000 hours, with match injury incidence of 24.8/1000 hours and training injury incidence of 0.9/1000 hours. Time loss injuries accounted for 33 of the 44 injuries recorded. The most common time loss injury location was the knee (14 injuries, 42%). There were 7 minimal, 4 mild, 12 moderate and 10 severe injuries. Sprain/ligament injury (8 injuries) was the most common type, followed by meniscus/cartilage injury (7 injuries). Eleven illnesses were reported during the season, with an incidence of 0.7/1000 player days, and most were minimal in severity (8/11). The illness burden was 1.7/1000 player days. The respiratory (46%) and gastrointestinal (36%) systems were most commonly affected. CONCLUSIONS : The incidence of injury was comparable with data reported internationally and mirrors the increased risk of injury during matches versus training. The nature of injury differed in that the knee was more frequently affected than the ankle or thigh, joint injuries were more common than muscle injuries, and there was a larger proportion of severe injuries. The illness burden was very low. en_ZA
dc.description.department Sports Medicine en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-06-01
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The FIFA Legacy Trust. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Bayne, H., Schwellnus, M., Van Rensburg, D.J. et al. 2018, 'Incidence of injury and illness in South African professional male soccer players: a prospective cohort study', Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, vol. 58, no. 6, pp. 875-879. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0022-4707 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1827-1928 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07452-7
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Edizione Minerva Medica en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Edizioni Minerva Medica en_ZA
dc.subject Soccer en_ZA
dc.subject Athletic injury en_ZA
dc.subject Epidemiology en_ZA
dc.subject Medical illnesses en_ZA
dc.subject Sports-related injuries en_ZA
dc.subject Athlete health en_ZA
dc.subject Athlete performance en_ZA
dc.title Incidence of injury and illness in South african professional male soccer players : a prospective cohort study en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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