Female players who injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are five times more likely to re-injure their knee and are more likely to quit football.

Female players who injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are five times more likely to re-injure their knee and are more likely to quit football.

This prospective study compared female players who underwent an ACL reconstruction (ACLR) with their healthy peers. The authors found that the players who had an ACLR were both more likely to re-injure their knee and to quit playing football1. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are a common problem in football players with female players having [...]
Do platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections work better for treating knee osteoarthritis?

Do platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections work better for treating knee osteoarthritis?

Injections are commonly used to treat knee pain in football. This randomised controlled trial from the American Journal of Sports Medicine compares two of the more common types of injection, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid (HA) and found little difference between the two options at five-year follow-up1. Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly occurs in footballers [...]
Impact of geographical origin upon the electrical and structural manifestations of the black athlete’s heart

Impact of geographical origin upon the electrical and structural manifestations of the black athlete’s heart

It is known that black athletes have an increased prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) on echocardiography and are more likely to have repolarization anomalies when compared with white athletes. It is not known whether this increased rate is universal, or whether substantial differences exist according to a player’s geographic origin. The aim of this [...]
Muscle fatigue can impair a players response to dynamic disturbances in balance, placing them at risk of injury

Muscle fatigue can impair a players response to dynamic disturbances in balance, placing them at risk of injury

The majority of football injuries occur in the last 15 minutes of each half, strongly implicating fatigue as a causative factor in football related injuries. The potential mechanisms for this increased risk of injury have not been well established. This study investigated the effects of football-simulated fatigue on neuromuscular function and dynamic balance response1. Fifteen [...]
Coach turnover increases the risk of muscle injury

Coach turnover increases the risk of muscle injury

The coach is a key figure when it comes to implementing injury prevention practices and managing player workload. This study from the CJSM illustrates how coach turnover can negatively influence injury risk among professional players1. Muscle injuries are common in professional footballers, and account for a significant amount of lost playing time and therefore financial [...]
Returning to football following an ACL reconstruction may be good for a player’s long-term knee health

Returning to football following an ACL reconstruction may be good for a player’s long-term knee health

It is well known that injuring the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is associated with increased rates of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA). It is often felt that the act of returning to sport may make this more likely. This recent article from the BJSM suggests that returning to ‘pivoting sport’ may actually be desirable1. This study involved [...]