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
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..View full abstract