publication . Other literature type . Article . 2005

Methods for epidemiological study of injuries to professional football players: developing the UEFA model

Roald Bahr; Martin Hägglund; Jan Ekstrand; Markus Waldén;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2005
  • Publisher: BMJ Group
A problem with epidemiological studies of football injuries is the inconsistent manner in which injury is defined and data are collected. Projects have been initiated to study the incidence and causes of injury in football, but there is no uniformly accepted reporting system. In this report, some common pitfalls encountered in the recording of injury are addressed, and practical guidelines for epidemiological studies are provided. An injury reporting system developed for the UEFA Football Safety Project for studies on professional footballers is used as a starting point for a general discussion on injury registration and compared with other existing reporting sy...
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