Journal article

Shorter time to first injury in first year professional football players: A cross-club comparison in the Australian Football League.

Lauren V Fortington, Jason Berry, David Buttifant, Shahid Ullah, Kathy Diamantopoulou, Caroline F Finch

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Australian Football League (AFL) players have a high risk of injury. Anecdotally, this injury risk is greater in emerging players (i.e. those in their first year), compared with established players (with 3+ years of experience). This study aimed to conduct the first comparison of injury risk and playing experience in these two player groups across a large number of AFL clubs. DESIGN: Prospective, cohort. METHODS: Injuries, game participation and training participation were collected weekly by 8 AFL clubs for 61 emerging and 64 established players. Injury incidence rates (IIR) and Cox proportional hazard models for time to first injury, separately for games and training, were comp..

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