Lower limb injuries in men’s elite Gaelic football : a prospective investigation among division one teams from 2008 to 2015

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Title translated into German:Verletzungen der unteren Gliedmaßen in der Männerelite des Gaelic Football : eine prospektive Untersuchung unter den Teams der Division 1 von 2008 bis 2015
Author:Roe, Mark; Murphy, John C.; Gissane, Conor; Blake, Catherine
Published in:Journal of science and medicine in sport
Published:21 (2018), 2, S. 155-159, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:1440-2440, 1878-1861
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Identification number:PU201803002451

Author's abstract

Objectives: To prospectively investigate incidence and associated time-loss of lower limb injuries in elite Gaelic football. Additionally, to identify sub-groups of elite players at increased risk of sustaining a lower limb injury.
Design: Prospective, epidemiological study.
Methods: Team physiotherapists provided exposure and injury on a weekly basis to the National Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Injury Surveillance Database. Injury was defined using a time-loss criterion. Fifteen different teams participated throughout the 8-year study providing 36 team datasets from 2008 to 2015.
Results: Lower limb injuries (n = 1239) accounted for 83.5% (95% CI 82.0–85.0) and 77.6% (95% CI 75.8–79.4) of training and match-play injuries, respectively. Injury incidence was 4.5 (95% CI 3.7–5.2) and 38.4 (95% CI 34.3–42.60) per 1000 training and match-play hours, respectively. One-in-four (25.0%, 95% CI 22.4–27.0) lower limb injuries were recurrent. Non-contact injuries accounted for 80.9% (95% CI 79.2–82.6) of cases. The median team rate was 30 (IQR 24–43) lower limb injuries per season resulting in 840.8 (95% CI 773.3–908.2) time-loss days. Previously injured players had a 2.5-times (OR 95% CI 2.2–2.8) greater risk of sustaining a lower limb injury. Overall, 56.8% of players with a previous lower limb injury sustained another. Incidence was higher for forward players and those aged >25 years.
Conclusions: Lower limb injuries are the most common injury among elite division one Gaelic football teams. Injury risk management should become an ongoing component of a player’s development programme and consider injury history, age, and playing position.