Table 3

Injury incidence data: domestic club football

StudyCountrySettingTeamsPlayersInjury tally n (%)Players injured (%)Total incidence/1000 hours (95% CI)Match incidence/1000 hours (95% CI)Training incidence/1000 hours (95% CI)
TotalMatchTraining
Blokland et al18NetherlandsDivision I611417987 (49)92 (51)82 (45)8.4±9.2
(6.4 to 10.3)*
30.3±60.5
(19.3 to 41.2)*
5.2±7.3
(4.2 to 6.3)*
Engström et al19SwedenDivision I–II24178†36 (46)23 (30)33 (80)12‡24‡7‡
Faude et al20GermanyDivision I9165241§115 (48)126 (52)115 (70)6.8 (5.9 to 7.7)23.3 (19.1 to 27.5)2.8 (2.2 to 3.4)
Gaulrapp et al21GermanyDivision I12254246155 (63)91 (37)144 (57)3.3 (2.9 to 3.7)18.5 (15.7 to 21.3)1.40 (1.1 to 1.7)
Giza et al22USADivision I8202173Not reportedNot reported110 (55)1.9†12.6†1.2†
Hägglund et al23SwedenDivision I12228299124 (41)175 (59)150 (66)5.5 (4.9 to 6.2)16.1 (13.5 to 19.2)3.8 (3.2 to 4.4)
Jacobson and Tegner24SwedenDivision I1269237116 (49)121 (51)129 (48)4.6 (3.4 to 5.8)13.9 (8.2 to 18.5)2.7 (1.8 to 3.6)
Larruskain et al25SpainDivision I135160¶80 (50)75 (47)Not reported6.3 (5.4 to 7.4)22.6 (18.1 to 28.1)3.4 (2.7 to 4.3)
Östenberg and Roos26SwedenDivision I–II2**32**20**13 (65)**7 (35)**Not reported4.9†16.4†2.1†
Tegnander et al27NorwayDivision I1018118989 (47)100 (53)93 (52)Not reported23.6††† and 0.8†‡‡3.1† †† and 0.7†‡‡
  • Rate data quoted to one decimal place.

  • All studies in this table utilised a time-loss injury definition.

  • *95% CI calculated by the authors of this review based on injury data and the SD presented in the study.

  • †19 injuries (24%) were classified as ‘gradual onset’ and not recorded as occurring in training or match.

  • ‡No SD or CI reported.

  • §Authors state unclear circumstances for three injuries. Some injuries were multiple injuries and the total number of diagnoses n=276 exceeded the number of injuries.

  • ¶Missing data on five injuries (training or match).

  • **Data from elite-level players provided by author.

  • ††Only acute injury incidence reported.

  • ‡‡Only overuse injury incidence reported.