Table 1

Operational definitions

Training sessionTeam training that involved physical activity under the supervision of the coaching staff
MatchCompetitive or friendly match against another team.
InjuryAny physical complaint sustained by a player that resulted from a football match or football training led to the player being unable to participate in future football training or match play.
Ligament injuryTraumatic distraction injury to a ligament.
Muscle injuryTraumatic distraction or overuse injury to a muscle.
Injury incidenceThe number of injuries per 1000 player hours ((Σ injuries/Σ exposure hours)×1000).
Injury burdenThe number of lay-off days per 1000 player hours ((Σ lay-off days/Σ exposure hours)×1000).