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Harmful association of sprinting with muscle injury occurrence in professional soccer match-play: A two-season, league wide exploratory investigation from the Qatar Stars League

Gregson, W, Di Salvo, V, Varley, MC, Modonutti, M, Belli, A, Chamari, K, Weston, M, Lolli, L and Eirale, C (2019) Harmful association of sprinting with muscle injury occurrence in professional soccer match-play: A two-season, league wide exploratory investigation from the Qatar Stars League. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23 (2). pp. 134-138. ISSN 1440-2440

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Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the impact of physical efforts performed in the period preceding activity as a potential risk factor of muscle injury during match-play within a sample of professional soccer players.
Design: Observational cohort study.
Methods: Match load (running [>14.4–19.8 km/h], high-speed running [>19.8–25.2 km/h], sprinting [>25.2 km/h], leading and explosive sprint type) averaged in 1-min and 5-min periods prior to an event or non event for 29 professional outfield soccer players. Conditional logistic and Poisson regression models estimated the relationship between load and injury for a 2 within-subject standard deviation in match load or 1-action increment in the number of sprinting activities, respectively. Associations were deemed beneficial or harmful based on non-overlap of the 95% confidence intervals against thresholds of 0.90 and 1.11, respectively.
Results: An increment in sprinting distance [+2-SDs = 11 m] covered over a 1-min period (odds ratio [OR]: 1.22, 95%CI, 1.12 to 1.33) increased the odds of muscle injury.
Conclusions: Our study provides novel exploratory evidence that the volume of sprinting during competitive soccer match-play has a harmful association with muscle injury occurrence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sports & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 12:13
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 12:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.08.289
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12882

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