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Muscle injuries of the lower extremity: a comparison between young and old male elite soccer players
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery Stockholm Sports Trauma Research Center, Karolinska Institutet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. Linnaeus Univ, Dept Sport Sci, Kalmar.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6653-3414
Karolinska Inst, Stockholm Sports Trauma Res Ctr, Dept Mol Med & Surg, Stockholm.
Gällivare Hosp, Clin Radiol, Gällivare.
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2016 (English)In: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, ISSN 0942-2056, E-ISSN 1433-7347, Vol. 24, no 7, 2293-2299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to make a comparison between players in two age groups in an elite male soccer team regarding injury localisation within the muscle-tendon unit, injury size and muscle group in terms of muscle injuries of the lower extremity. METHODS: Cohort study based on data collected from a Swedish elite male soccer team during the seasons 2007-2012. In total, 145 muscle injuries were included. Injury localisation to the tendon or muscle, the size of haematoma and the affected muscle group were assessed using ultrasound. Age comparison was made between younger players (</=23 years) and older players (>23 years). RESULTS: No difference regarding injury localisation to either the tendon or the muscle, or the size of haematoma between the two age groups was found. However, the older group of players suffered a significantly higher number of injuries to the triceps surae than the younger players (p = 0.012). CONCLUSIONS: In a Swedish team of male soccer players at elite level, there was no difference between players 23 years or younger and players older than 23 years, in terms of injury distribution to muscles or tendons. Players older than 23 years sustained more injuries to triceps surae when compared with players 23 years or younger. The clinical relevance is to pay attention to muscle function of triceps surae in older players and to screen those players who may need an injury prevention programme. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: II.

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2016. Vol. 24, no 7, 2293-2299 p.
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Lower extremity injuries, Muscle damage/injuries, Soft tissue injuries, Ultrasound
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26002DOI: 10.1007/s00167-015-3527-6ISI: 000379165000032PubMedID: 25668604Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922616981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26002DiVA: diva2:857476
Available from: 2015-09-29 Created: 2015-09-29 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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