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Sports Injuries of a Portuguese Professional Football Team during Three Consecutive Seasons

Publication date2022-10-02
First online date2022-10-02

Professional football players are exposed to high injury risk due to the physical demands of this sport. The purpose of this study was to characterize the injuries of a professional football team in the First Portuguese League over three consecutive sports seasons. Seventy-one male professional football players in the First Portuguese Football League were followed throughout the sports seasons of 2019/2020, 2020/2021, and 2021/2022. In total, 84 injuries were recorded. Each player missed an average of 16.6 days per injury. Lower limbs were massively affected by injuries across all three seasons, mainly with muscular injuries in the quadriceps and hamstrings and sprains in the tibiotarsal structure. Overall, the injury incidence was considerably higher in matches than in training. The two times of the season that proved most conducive to injuries were the months of July and January. Our results emphasize the importance of monitoring sports performance, including injury occurrence, and assisting in identifying risk factors in professional football. Designing individualized training programs and optimizing prevention and recovery protocols are crucial for maximizing this global process.

  • Epidemiology
  • Football injuries
  • Injury prevention
  • Risk factors
  • Sports monitoring
Research group
  • System of Incentives for the Production of Scientific and Technological Knowledge in the Autonomous Region of Madeira - PROCiência 2020 - [M1420-01-0247-FEDER-000033]
  • LARsyS - Portuguese national funding agency for science, research, and technology (FCT) pluriannual funding 2020-2023 - [UIDB/50009/2020]
Citation (ISO format)
MARTINS, Francisco et al. Sports Injuries of a Portuguese Professional Football Team during Three Consecutive Seasons. In: International journal of environmental research and public health, 2022, vol. 19, n° 19, p. 12582. doi: 10.3390/ijerph191912582
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ISSN of the journal1660-4601

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