Euro 2012 Injury Patterns

So the European Championships 2012 coming to a close- the showcase of europe’s elite footballers. Despite the theatrics of some footballers, injuries do commonly occur within the sport. Technically, football is a non-contact sport but rarely is this seen even at the highest levels. The contact within the sport and the pace at which it is played these days results in injuries.

Professional footballers train daily to condition their bodies and prevention injury as a result of playing regular matches. Despite everyone’s best efforts, players still get seriously injured. We all remember David Beckham rupturing his achilles tendon in preparation for World Cup 2010, and Wayne Rooney fracturing his 4th metatarsal back in 2006.

Following the completion of European Championships 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, UEFA compiled a dossier on the injuries sustained within the tournament. The EURO’s provided thrilling competitive football from 16 countries consisting of 368 players. Forty-nine players (13%) suffered 56 injuries during the tournament. A total of 46 of the injuries occurred during matches (82%) and 10 during training (18%). The incidence of injury was approximately 16 times higher during match play (41.8 injuries/1,000 match hours) than during training (2.6 injuries/1,000 training hours). It has previously been shown that the risk of injury during match play increases with the level of play (about 10-15 injuries/1,000 hours at amateur level, about 20 injuries/1,000 hours at low professional level and signifi- cantly above 25 injuries/1,000 hours at top professional level). The injury risk during EURO tournaments, where the competitive nature of almost all matches is especially intense, is higher than the risk during longer- term competitions where especially high levels of intensity are not usually sustained.

Injury patterns

The majority of injuries (86%) were to the lower extremities, the most frequent locations being the ankle (n=11, 20%), lower leg (n=10, 18%), thigh (n=8, 14%), knee (n=8, 14%), hip/groin (n=8, 14%) and head/face (n=5, 9%). Sprains (ligament injury) were the most dominant injury type at EURO 2008 (n=16, 29%) and nine of these injuries were to the ankle and seven to the knee. The 15 muscle strain injuries mainly occurred in the thigh (n=6), calf (n=4) and groin (n=2). The physical demands of football do lead to injuries, and some are more serious than others. Cartilage tears are ten to a penny amongst footballers, from the premiership to Sunday league. Despite this, some sports people continue regardless whilst others seek intervention.

Despite all this, the Euro 2012 Finals have almost passed without serious injury. The most significant mising players were noted before the tournament began, with David Villa, Frank lampard and Carlos Puyol all missing out. During the past 3 weeks, injuries have largely been a thigh strain for Portugal striker Helder Postiga  sustained in the quarter-final win over the Czech Republic and Germany ‘s Bastian Schweinsteiger battling a chronic ankle ligament problem but has now been passed fit.

See the table below for the list of injuries before and during the Euro 2012 Finals:

England   Total Injuries 8
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
G Cahill Fractured Jaw — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
F Lampard Hip/Thigh Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
G Barry Abdominal Strain — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
J Ruddy Broken Finger — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
C Smalling Groin Strain — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
M Dawson Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
D Bent Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
T Huddlestone Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
France   Total Injuries 6
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
E Abidal Liver Transplant — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
Y Gourcuff Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
L Rémy Hip/Thigh Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
Y Kaboul Knee Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
B Sagna Broken Leg — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
V Diaby Calf Muscle Strain — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
Croatia   Total Injuries 3
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
I Iličević Calf Muscle Strain — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
I Olic Hamstring Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
D Lovren Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
Russia   Total Injuries 3
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
A Kokorin Hamstring Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
V Berezutski Hip/Thigh Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
R Shishkin Stomach Problem — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
Spain   Total Injuries 3
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
A Iraola Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
C Puyol Knee Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
D Villa Broken Leg — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Denmark   Total Injuries 2
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
D Rommedahl Ankle/Foot Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
T Sorensen Back Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Greece   Total Injuries 2
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
K Chalkias Hamstring Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
A Papadopoulos ACL Knee Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Portugal   Total Injuries 2
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
H Postiga Hip/Thigh Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
C Martins Muscle Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Sweden   Total Injuries 2
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
R Elm Illness — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
J Elmander Metatarsal Fracture — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Ukraine   Total Injuries 2
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
A Dykan Facial Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
O Shovkovskiy Shoulder Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Czech Republic   Total Injuries 1
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
T Rosicky Achilles Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Italy   Total Injuries 1
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
I Abate Muscle Injury 1st Jul 12 TBA
 Netherlands   Total Injuries 1
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
E Pieters Metatarsal Fracture — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Poland   Total Injuries 1
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
L Fabianski Shoulder Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Republic of Ireland   Total Injuries 1
Player Injury Return Nxt Match
K Fahey Groin/Pelvis Injury — Ruled out of Euro 2012 —
 Germany     No Injuries

See the next post for common football injuries and treatments

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