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Community-level football injury epidemiology: traumatic injuries treated at Swedish emergency medical facilities
Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Karlstad, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. School of Public Health Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, USA. (Individ och samhälle VIDSOC, Individual and Society)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1943-8216
Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 94-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Despite the popularity of the sport, few studies have investigated community-level football injury patterns. This study examines football injuries treated at emergency medical facilities using data from three Swedish counties.

Methods: An open-cohort design was used based on residents aged 0-59 years in three Swedish counties (pop. 645 520). Data were collected from emergency medical facilities in the study counties between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010. Injury frequencies and proportions for age groups stratified by sex were calculated with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) and displayed per diagnostic group and body location.

Results: Each year, more than 1/200 person aged 0-59 years sustained at least one injury during football play that required emergency medical care. The highest injury incidence was observed among adolescent boys [2009 injuries per 100 000 population years (95% CI 1914-2108)] and adolescent girls [1413 injuries per 100 000 population years (95% CI 1333-1498)]. For female adolescents and adults, knee joint/ligament injury was the outstanding injury type (20% in ages 13-17 years and 34% in ages 18-29 years). For children aged 7-12 years, more than half of the treated injuries involved the upper extremity; fractures constituted about one-third of these injuries.

Conclusions: One of every 200 residents aged 0-59 years in typical Swedish counties each year sustained a traumatic football injury that required treatment in emergency healthcare. Further research on community-level patterns of overuse syndromes sustained by participation in football play is warranted.

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Oxford University Press, 2018. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 94-99
Keywords [en]
epidemiology, adolescent, child, soccer, wounds and injuries, football, community
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Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14765DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx053ISI: 000424126000018PubMedID: 28510641Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041690052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14765DiVA, id: diva2:1184775
Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-07-31Bibliographically approved

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