Injury risk of playing football in Futsal World Cups

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Background: While injuries in football (soccer) have been the subject of numerous publications, little information is available about the injury risk in futsal.

Objective: Analysis of the incidence and characteristics of injury in futsal players during top-level international tournaments.

Design: Prospective survey.
Methods: Player injuries during three consecutive Futsal World Cups were analysed using an established injury report system. The physicians of all participating teams reported all injuries after each match on a standardised injury report form. The average response rate was 93%.

Author: Astrid Junge and Jiri Dvorak  – FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center

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