Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Prevention

  • Paulo Barreira
  • João Pedro Araújo
  • Ruben Ferreira
  • Nuno Loureiro


Muscle injuries are the most frequent type of injury in professional football, leading to significant economical and performance-related costs. Besides its high incidence in football and increased knowledge about it, muscle injury prevention is still a considerable challenge to sports professionals. This chapter is focused on muscle injury epidemiology, unveiling its risk factors and providing an insight about the strategies to reduce its occurrence.


Muscle injuries Prevention Risk factors Football 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Barreira
    • 1
  • João Pedro Araújo
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ruben Ferreira
    • 1
  • Nuno Loureiro
    • 4
    • 5
    • 2
  1. 1.Football Medicine®, Al Jazira SCAbu DhabiUAE
  2. 2.Clínica do Dragão, Espregueira-Mendes Sports Centre – FIFA Medical Centre of ExcellencePortoPortugal
  3. 3.Football Medicine, Medical DepartmentAl Jazira Football ClubAbu DhabiUAE
  4. 4.Medical Director of Paços Ferreira FCPaços de FerreiraPortugal
  5. 5.Medical Director of Portuguese Cycling Federation and Medical Committee of the Portuguese Olympic CommitteeLisbonPortugal

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