During the dissertation study it is intended to investigate and discover if male senior football players are more prone to injury during pre-season rather than in season and if so why. Braham, et al (2003) stated that 17% (1025) of the total number of injuries over the two seasons reviewed were sustained during the preseason period of the season.' The value of the dissertation investigation will be to identify reasons why, if as suggested from previous studies, injuries are more common in pre-season. From these results preventative measures for these unusually frequent injuries can be provided.There are many studies available which suggest injuries are more frequent in pre season among senior male football / soccer players. Studies by (Woods, et aI. 2002), (Braham, et al. 2003), (Arnason, et al. 2004), (Hawkin & Fuller. 1999) and (Walden, et al. 2005) are just some key example studies that have analyzed pre-season injuries and they have all made estimates as to what causes these pre-season injuries but have no definite proof.
[...] Physical Fitness, Injuries, and Team Performance in Soccer. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Pp. 278- 285. Braham. Finch. McIntosh. McCrory. P. (2003). Community football player's attitude toward protective equipment a pre-season measure. British journal of sports medicine. (38). Pp 430 Freiwald. Papadopoulos. Slomka. Bizzini. Baumgart. (2006). Prevention in soccer. Sport Orthopadie Traumatologie Pp. 140-150. Fuller. Hawkins. [...]
[...] if pre-season lasts six weeks, a time period of six weeks will be analyzed during the in season, such as the four weeks of January and two weeks of February to provide a comparison to the pre-season results. Another limitation may be if a UWIC team was to be analyzed, although they play in a male senior football league most of the players are still classed as collegiate players. But the teams to be analyzed have still not been concluded upon and the study may include a mixture of UWIC based teams and teams outside of UWIC playing in the same league. References Journals: Arnason. Sigurdsson. Gudmundsson. Holme. Engebretsen. Bahr. R. (2004). [...]
[...] Woods, et al. (2002) found that (1025) of the total number of injuries over the two seasons were sustained during the pre-season; the mean number of days absent per injury was 22.3 days'. Braham, et al. (2003) found ‘there were relatively more slight and minor injuries, overuse and tendon related injuries sustained during pre-season compared to the in season 0.01 The thigh knee and ankle were the most common locations for injuries during the pre-season'. In addition to this Oslen, et al. [...]
[...] These reasons shown are why investigations into ways of preventing football injuries are worthwhile and often required. competitive season in England ends in May, the exact date depending on play off, domestic, and European cup commitments. Generally this is followed by the closed season that consists of anything from weeks. Players subsequently return to the clubs for weeks of pre-season training in preparation for the beginning of the competitive season in August, This process of playing and rest time is now apparent among most British football leagues' (Bert, et al. [...]
[...] R. (1997). Developing a health surveillance strategy for professional footballers in compliance with UK health and safety legislation. British journal of sports medicine. Pp - 149. Hawkins. Fuller, C. (1999). A prospective epidemiological study of injuries in four English professional football clubs. British Journal of Sports Medicine Pp. 196-203. Olsen. Scanlan. MacKay. Babul. Reid. Clark. Raina. P. (2004). Strategies for prevention of soccer related injuries: a systematic review. British journal of sports medicine. (38). [...]
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