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Online ISSN 1827-1812
Abdel Salam A. M.
King Saud University Faculty of Sport Science and Physical Activity King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Aim: The aim of this paper was to test the hypothesis in Saudi football players that players’ positions are related to specific types of football injuries.
Methods: All data were collected using questionnaires completed from players. Information on the player’s position, type of injury, and the injured part of the body were recorded and assessed in a blind study. A descriptive (inter-correlation) method was used. Ninety-four players in the Saudi Professional League who were injured during the 2010-2011 season were included.
Results: Bruising occurred in over 90% of all players, muscular abrasions occurred in 65%-90% of all players, and lacerations occurred in 68-86% of all players.
Conclusion: Regardless of the playing position, lower extremity injuries were the most common injuries. Among Saudi Professional League players, there is a relationship between the type of football injury and a player’s position. The most frequently injured part of the body for goalkeepers was the hands, whereas for the defence, midfield and forwards, the feet were the most frequently injured body part.