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dc.contributor.authorAni, U.K.
dc.contributor.authorIbikunle, P.O.
dc.contributor.authorAkosile, C.O.
dc.contributor.authorUseh, U.
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-27T13:07:03Z
dc.date.available2017-09-27T13:07:03Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationAni, U.K. et al. 2015. The UEFA model in identification of types, severity and mechanism of injuries among professional footballers in the Nigerian Premier League. South African Journal of Sport Medicine, 27(1):12-15. [https://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAJSM.514]en_US
dc.identifier.issn1015-5163
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/25667
dc.identifier.urihttps://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAJSM.514
dc.description.abstractBackground. Association football, otherwise known as soccer, is the most popular sport in the world. The increase in the popularity of the game and the expectations from players make injury risk in football high. Objective. To describe the types, severity, prevalence and mechanism of injuries among professional footballers in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). Methods. The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Injury Study Questionnaire was used for data collection. A total of 240 footballers from 11 clubs, who participated in the 2011/2012 NPL premiership season, was selected through proportionate stratified random sampling technique, and the participants were studied using a prospective cohort study design for 6 months. Descriptive statistics of means, percentages and frequency distributions were used to answer the research questions. Results. The mean (standard deviation) age, height and weight of the injured footballers was 22.9 (3.4) years, 1.69 (0.05) m and 71.3 (3.9) kg, respectively. There was a high injury prevalence (78%) associated with actual league games, whereas the incidence rate per 1 000-hour exposure was 300.2 exposure-hours from 19 games within 6 months. Sprain (32%) was the predominant type of injury recorded. The tackle event (34%) was the predominant mechanism of injury recorded, and 63% of the injuries led to 1 - 3 days of player absence from football activities. Most of the injuries were recurrent injuries (63%). Conclusion. This study showed a high occurrence of injuries in the NPL, in particular associated with league (competitive) games. The findings of this study will serve to guide the development and implementation of injury prevention strategies in the NPL.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherHealth and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)en_US
dc.titleThe UEFA model in identification of types, severity and mechanism of injuries among professional footballers in the Nigerian Premier Leagueen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.researchID25405314 - Ibikunle, Peter
dc.contributor.researchID22839968 - Useh, Ushotanefe


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