Training habits and injuries of masters' level football players: A preliminary report

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Title Training habits and injuries of masters' level football players: A preliminary report
Author Newsham-West, Richard John; Button, C.; Milburn, Peter David; Mundermann, A.; Sole, G.; Schneiders, A.G.; Sullivan, S.J.
Journal Name Physical Therapy in Sport
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To profile training habits and injuries in football players participating in a national Masters tournament. METHODS: A cross-sectional retrospective study design was used to survey male football players attending the 2008 New Zealand Masters Games. Information regarding player demographics, football injuries, football related training, and risk factors for injury were collected. RESULTS: 199 Players were recruited, with a median age of 44 yrs (range 35-73) and a median football playing history of 15 yrs (range 0-66). Irrespective of age, 112 (84%) players included a warm-up and 104 (78%) included a stretching regime in their regular training programme. In the 12 months prior to the tournament, 128 football related injuries were reported by 93 players (64 injuries/100 players or 46 injured players/100 players). The most frequently injured region was the lower limb; specifically the lower leg (n=23), ankle (n=18), hamstring (n=17), knee (n=15), and Achilles tendon (n=15). CONCLUSION: This study provides a preliminary insight into the training habits and injury profiles of Masters football players. Despite all players including some form of injury prevention strategy in their training, a significant number of players experienced an injury in the 12 months prior to the tournament.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 10
Issue Number 2
Page from 63
Page to 66
ISSN 1466-853X
Date Accessioned 2009-07-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Musculoskeletal Research; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Medical and Health Sciences
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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