The Brazilian Football Association (CBF) model for epidemiological studies on professional soccer player injuries

The Brazilian Football Association (CBF) model for epidemiological studies on professional soccer player injuries

Author Arliani, Gustavo Gonçalves Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Belangero, Paulo Santoro Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Runco, Jose Luiz Google Scholar
Cohen, Moises Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Brazilian Football Association
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo's Department Head
Abstract OBJECTIVE: This study aims to establish a national methodological model for epidemiological studies on professional soccer player injuries and to describe the numerous relevant studies previously published on this topic. INTRODUCTION: The risk of injury in professional soccer is high. However, previous studies of injury risk in Brazil and other countries have been characterized by large variations in study design and data collection methods as well as definitions of injury, standardized diagnostic criteria, and recovery times. METHODS: A system developed by the Union of European Football for epidemiological studies on professional soccer players is being used as a starting point to create a methodological model for the Brazilian Football Association. To describe the existing studies on professional soccer player injuries, we developed a search strategy to identify relevant epidemiological studies. We included the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences and Medline databases in our study. RESULTS: We considered 60 studies from Medline and 16 studies from the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences in the final analysis. Twelve studies were selected for final inclusion in this review: seven from the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences and five from Medline. We identified a lack of uniformity in the study design, data collection methods, injury definitions, standardized diagnostic criteria, and the definition of recovery time. Based on the information contained within these articles, we developed a model for epidemiological studies for the Brazilian Football Association. CONCLUSIONS: There is no uniform model for epidemiological studies of professional soccer injuries. Here, we propose a novel model to be applied for epidemiological studies of professional soccer player injuries in Brazil and throughout the world.
Keywords Soccer
Football
Athletic Injuries
Epidemiology
Epidemiologic Studies
Language English
Date 2011-01-01
Published in Clinics. Faculdade de Medicina / USP, v. 66, n. 10, p. 1707-1712, 2011.
ISSN 1807-5932 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Faculdade de Medicina / USP
Extent 1707-1712
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1807-59322011001000007
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000296015500007
SciELO ID S1807-59322011001000007 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/6124

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