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The Cost of Football Injuries: The need to invest in an effective injury prevention system

31st December 2013

Pablo Marinho, Performance Matrix Specialist, in Brazil looks at the cost of injury and the need for a proactive approach

Some brief data from European Football leagues:
- from SportsPro Magazine, July 2013:
                . The direct cost of sport injuries from all sports in the EU in 2012 was €2.3 billion and 43% of it by team ball sports such as Football
                . Clubs from the English Premier League spend £8.5 million per year in the treatment of injuries .
- from Ekstrand et al, 2011:
                . A squad of 25 players can thus expect about 15 muscle injuries per season.
                . Injury rate is around 60%.
                . Muscle injuries constitute 31% of all injuries and causes 27% of total injury absence.
                . 37% of muscle injuries occurs on the hamstrings (ie. Paulo Henrique Ganso in May/13 and Thiago Silva last year).
                . Hamstrings injuries increases in 4 times the risk of low back pain.
                . 23% of injuries occurs in the adductors having a direct link to Pubalgia (ie. Ronaldinho Gaúcho recently).
                . 19% of injuries occurs on the quadriceps (Fred from Fluminense).
The article “Steaming the flow” from SportsPro Magazine, published this year, explored how "proper preventative processes and a more consistent focus on sports medicine could cut those costs in half".
Other than the cost alone, there are many implications to having an important player out of the game. Using some Brazilian examples, players like Paulo Henrique Ganso, Thiago Silva, Pato, Ronaldinho Gaúcho and Fred (from Fluminense) are not only technical assets bur also motivates and inspire the rest of the team and of course the fans. You can get better results just from having them there!
So we need to maximise on keeping them injury free.
Everyone agrees injury prevention is key, but the development of new technologies and equipment to achieve this are still ongoing.

The Performance Matrix believe that the missing piece of the puzzle relies on how to assess for and regain the control of movement.
For this reason they continue to develop solutions that are efficient, practical, valuable and convenient for all sports and for all levels of sports clubs and institutions.
The next article will further explore the technical part of our Platform for you to better understand how MPS can help you keep your player playing with minimal investment and independent on the structure that you have at your training facility.

by PABLO B. MARINHO (Brasil)
Kinetic Control Accredited Tutor - KCAT
The Performance Matrix Accredited Instructor - PMAI
The Performance Matrix Movement & Performance Consultant

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