Table 1

Details of injury mechanism of Achilles tendon ruptures in football players (n=60)

VariablesResults
Weather conditions
 RainingYes (n=3), no (n=57)
 SunnyYes (n=18), no (n=19), night (n=23)
Playing phase before the injuryDefensive (n=26), offensive (n=34)
Field location at the time of injury
 Long axis of the fieldDefensive third (n=17), midfield third (n=25), offensive third (n=18)
 Short axis of the fieldLeft side corridor (n=6), middle corridor (n=47), right side corridor (n=7)
Player contact preceding injuryYes (n=10), no (n=50)
If contact, where?Upper body (n=9), lower limb (n=1)
Player contact at IFYes (n=5), no (n=55)
If indirect contact at IF, where?Upper body (n=5)
Injury classificationIndirect contact (n=10), non-contact (n=50)
How many feet were on the groundOne (n=55), two (n=5)
Leg loading at IFInjured leg (n=60)
Horizontal speedZero (n=28), low (n=12), moderate (n=3), high (n=17)
Vertical speedZero (n=40), low (n=7), moderate (n=9), high (n=4)
Distance from the ball (metres)0–2 (n=23), 2.5–5 (n=17), 5.5–10 (n=7), >10 (n=11)
  • IF, injury frame.