Match-Related factors influencing injury risk

Jaakko Ryynänen, Mats Börjesson, Jón Karlsson

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A lot of epidemiological research has been conducted in order to identify the most important risk factors for football injuries. These risk factors are often referred to as intrinsic (player related) or extrinsic (related to the environment). Factors that appear to increase the risk of injury during a football match include foul play, player exposure, fatigue, match events, fixture congestion, and environmental variables. Also, some degree of regional differences between players’ risk of suffering injuries between different regions have been observed, perhaps reflecting the influence of playing culture and/or climatic conditions, among many other factors, on the risk of injury. The reasons behind a football player’s risk of suffering an injury at a given moment are, thus, multifactorial, and more research is necessary in order to deepen our knowledge on the topic. Recognizing the circumstances when the risk of injury is elevated can, at best, lead to injury prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReturn to Play in Football : An Evidence-based Approach
EditorsVolker Musahl, Jón Karlsson, Werner Krutsch, Bert R. Mandelbaum, João Espregueira-Mendes, Pieter d'Hooghe
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-662-55712-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-55713-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Bibliographical note

Export Date: 10 March 2020

Correspondence Address: Ryynänen, J.; University of HelsinkiFinland; email:

Fields of Science

  • 315 Sport and fitness sciences

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