Injury profiles in Korean youth soccer

Inje Lee, Hee Seong Jeong, Sae Yong Lee

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We aimed to analyze injury profiles and injury severity in Korean youth soccer players. Data on all injuries that occurred in U-15 youth soccer players during the 2019 season were collected from 681 players of 22 teams through a medical questionnaire. The questionnaire was based on injury surveillance procedures of the Federation International de Football Association Medical and Research Centre and International Olympic Committee, and it comprised questions on demographic characteristics, training conditions, and injury information. Among all players, defenders accounted for 33.0%, followed by attackers (30.7%), midfielders (26.8%), and goalkeepers (7.9%). Most players played soccer on artificial grounds (97.4%). Injuries occurred more frequently during training (56.3%) than during matches (43.7%). Recurrent injury rate was 4.4% and average days to return to full activities were 22.58. The ankle (26.6%) and knee joints (14.1%) were the most common injury locations, and ligament sprains (21.0%), contusions (15.6%), and fractures (13.9%) were the most frequent injury types. In conclusion, Korean youth soccer players have a high injury risk. Therefore, researchers and coaching staff need to consider these results as a key to prevent injuries in youth soccer players and injury prevention programs may help decrease injury rate by providing injury management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5125
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 2

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Acknowledgments: The authors wish to thank all of the football players and the club support team of the Korea Professional Football League for their support and contributions to this study. We also appreciate the Institute of Convergence Science (ICONS) and the International Olympic Committee Research Centre Korea for Prevention of Injury and Protection Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The experiments complied with the current laws of the country where they were performed.

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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