Anthropometric Injury Risk Factors in Elite-standard Youth Soccer

G. L. J. Kemper*, A. van der Sluis, M. S. Brink, C. Visscher, W. G. P. Frencken, M. T. Elferink-Gemser

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate whether an increased risk of injury occurrence can be determined through frequent anthropometric measurements in elite-standard youth soccer players. Over the course of one season, we followed 101 male elite-standard youth soccer players between 11 and 19 years of age. Height and body mass were monitored at monthly measurement intervals and fat percentage was assessed every 3 months by use of the sum of skinfold method. Growth in height (cm), alternations in body mass index (kg/m(2)), fat percentage and fat-free mass index (kg/m(2)) were calculated. Injuries were recorded in accordance with the recommendations of the FIFA Consensus Model for Injury Registration. Odds ratio scores and 95 % confidence intervals were calculated using binary logistic regression analyses. The following anthropometric injury risk factors were identified: >= 0.6 centimeter growth per month (p = 0.03; OR = 1.63; 95 % CI: 1.06-2.52), >= 0.3 kg/m(2) increase of body mass index value per month (p = 0.03; OR = 1.61; 95 % CI: 1.04-2.49) and low fat percentage; i.e., <7 % for players aged 11-16 and <5 % for players over 16 years (p = 0.01; OR = 1.81; 95 % CI: 1.18-2.76). Individual monitoring of anthropometrics provides useful information to determine increased risk of injury occurrence in elite-standard youth soccer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1117
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume36
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2015

Keywords

  • growth spurt
  • maturation
  • sports medicine
  • football
  • adolescent
  • PEAK HEIGHT VELOCITY
  • OVERUSE INJURIES
  • SKINFOLD THICKNESS
  • PHYSICAL-FITNESS
  • FOOTBALL PLAYERS
  • SPORTS-MEDICINE
  • BODY-FAT
  • PERFORMANCE
  • MATURATION
  • ADOLESCENCE

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