Evaluating a standardised tool to explore the nature and extent of footand ankle injuries in amateur and semi-professional footballers

S. Evans, Karen Walker-Bone, Simon Otter

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Abstract

Background: Most studies of football injuries include professional players and data have been collectedin without a single validated, standardised tool. We aimed to develop a new standardised questionnairefor assessing injuries among non-professional footballers and pilot its use.Method: A questionnaire was developed using input from footballers, healthcare professionals and tri-angulation from the literature. The new tool was piloted among players representing amateurs andsemi-professionals. Their comments were used iteratively to improve the instrument.Results: The development phase produced a 33-item questionnaire collecting quantitative and qualitativedata. In the pilot phase, 42 questionnaires were distributed, 34 (81%) returned. Respondents reported totalof 273 football-related injuries, 114 affecting the foot/ankle (70 at the ankle and 44 at the foot). In total,44% of respondents had suffered one or more foot/ankle injuries in the past 12 months.Conclusion: We developed a new standardised tool which we found to be well-completed by young malefootballers in semi-professional and amateur settings with an excellent response rate. Our results sug-gested that foot/ankle injuries were common, larger studies in non-professionals are needed to identifyrisk factors for injury and develop pragmatic advice for prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalThe Foot
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Bibliographical note

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Injury

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