Injuries in Female 7-a-side Football Players in Cantabria, Spain: An epidemiological Study

  1. Pablo García-Fernández
  2. Jesús Guodemar-Pérez
  3. Montserrat Ruiz-López
  4. Elena Sonsoles Rodríguez-López
  5. Juan José Ramos-Álvarez
  6. Juan Pablo Hervás-Pérez
Journal of Yoga, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

ISSN: 2577-0756

Year of publication: 2018

Volume: 2

Type: Article

More publications in: Journal of Yoga, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation


Objectives: To report the epidemiology of injuries sustained by female 7-a-side football players in Spain.Design: a prospective, descriptive epidemiological study.Setting: Female football is a sport with international reach. Despite its popularity, the incidence of injuries in female football players is high.Participants: 41 players from three teams.Main Outcome Measures: The data recorded included information regarding the injury, date and place of occurrence, player position, severity and time off. The OSICS system was used for injury classification. Individual exposure times were calculated during training sessions and matches.Results: 90 injuries were recorded. Most injuries were mild, representing 53.3% of all injuries. The lower limb was the most affected body area (71.1%). Muscle injuries were the most frequent form of injury (40.0%), specifically muscle fiber ruptures, of which there were 12 reported cases. Non-contact injuries were more common (57%). The injury rate in female football players in Cantabria is 7.89 injuries per 1,000 hours of exposure. During training sessions, 2.98 injuries occurred for every 1,000 hours, whereas during matches this increased to 62 injuries per 1,000 hours of risk exposure.Conclusions: The most common injury was the muscle fiber rupture of the hamstring muscles, representing 13.3% of total injuries.

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