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Workload and non-contact injury incidence in elite football players competing in European leagues

Published on Oct 21, 2018in European Journal of Sport Science2.376
· DOI :10.1080/17461391.2018.1477994
Barthélémy Delecroix4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Artois University),
Alan McCall12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Edinburgh Napier University)
+ 2 AuthorsGregory Dupont3
Estimated H-index: 3
(LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)
Abstract
AbstractPurpose: The aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between absolute and acute:chronic workload ratios and non-contact injury incidence in professional football players and to assess their predictive ability. Methods: Elite football players (n = 130) from five teams competing in European domestic and confederation level competitions were followed during one full competitive season. Non-contact injuries were recorded and using session rate of perceived exertion (s-RPE) internal absolute workload and acute:chronic (A:C) workload ratios (4-weeks, 3-weeks, 2-weeks and week-to-week) were calculated using a rolling days method. Results: The relative risk (RR) of non-contact injury was increased (RR = 1.59, CI95%: 1.18–2.15) when a cumulative 4-week absolute workload was greater than 10629 arbitrary units (AU) in comparison with a workload between 3745 and 10628 AU. When the 3-week absolute workload was more than 8319 AU versus between 2822 and 8318 AU injury risk was also increased (RR= 1.46,...
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