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n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Incidence of injuries among male soccer players in the first team of the University of the Free state in the coca cola league - 2007 / 2008 season : original research article
Objective. To determine the incidence, nature and severity of injuries among male soccer players in the first soccer team of the University of the Free State (UFS) in the Coca Cola League during the 2007 / 2008 season. Informed consent was obtained from the players and the study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences, UFS.
Design. A cohort descriptive study was conducted.
Setting. Twenty-three league matches were attended, during which injury information was recorded on game sheets.
Main outcome measures. The injury type and site, the player game time, and the game period during which the injury occurred were recorded. Follow-up questionnaires were completed for injured players.
Results. In 23 matches played, a total of 15 injuries were sustained by 10 players. The incidence of injuries per 1 000 hours game time was 39.5. More injuries occurred at the beginning of the season. Midfield players were most often injured (53%). Most injuries were minor (class 1 severity), and none exceeded class 3 severity. Most injuries occurred in the first or fourth quarter of the game. Knee and ankle injuries were the most common (27% and 47%, respectively), consisting mainly of sprains sustained while being tackled.
Conclusion. The most common soccer injuries incurred were to the lower extremity. The relatively low impact nature of the sport resulted in mild to moderate injuries. The incidence of injuries decreased as the season progressed. The results of this study were consistent with those of similar studies reporting the incidence of soccer injuries.
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