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Football (soccer) has one of the highest injury risk and incidence among team sports. Epidemiological studies are important to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive strategies and post-injury organizational interventions. With these data, researchers and medical staff are able to focus on injuries that require more time and resources.

Furthermore, it has been noted that a lower incidence and greater availability of players are associated with a higher probability of winning, especially in European competitions.


  • Epidemiology
  • Football
  • Injury
  • Muscle
  • Study
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Prevention
  • Return to sports

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Jones, J.H., Pulici, L., Volpi, P. (2022). Football. In: Canata, G.L., Jones, H. (eds) Epidemiology of Injuries in Sports . Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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