Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 482–485 | Cite as

Muscle strains in soccer: a five-year survey of an Italian major league team

  • Piero Volpi
  • Gianluca Melegati
  • Davide TorneseEmail author
  • Marco Bandi
Sports Medicine


We analyzed muscle injuries collected from an Italian major-league soccer team during the period 1995–2000. We considered all the muscle accidents that had required a player to stand down for three or more days. Among the overall injuries, muscle accidents were the most frequent, representing 30% (103 cases), followed by contusions (28%), sprains (17%) and tendinopathies (9%). There was one recurrence involving the hamstring. Lack of training was one of the causes of such injuries; in fact the training/match ratio of those seasons (3.6 to 1) show that there was little time for training compared to the number of matches.


Muscle strains Soccer 



The authors thank Ms Caterina La Bella for language assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piero Volpi
    • 1
  • Gianluca Melegati
    • 2
  • Davide Tornese
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Marco Bandi
    • 2
  1. 1.Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopic Surgery UnitGaleazzi Orthopedics InstituteMilanItaly
  2. 2.Center for Sports RehabilitationGaleazzi Orthopedics InstituteMilanItaly
  3. 3.Monza (Mi)Italy

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