Analysis of acute injuries incurred by players in the preliminary phase of the 2001 Moi golden cup soccer tournament in Kenya
Njororai, W. W. S.
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Irrespective of the nature, cause and mechanism, injuries are a serious hazard in many sports. Injuries hamper the players' performance both in training and competition, disrupt the ,. conditioning process arid) thus preventthem from realizing their playing potential. However, with surveillance of injuries, preventive, treatment and rehabilitation measures can be formulated. This study investigated injuries that led either to a temporary stoppage of the game and/or substitution of a player during the preliminary phase of the 2001 Moi Golden Cup Soccer Tournament in Kenya A total of 15 matches were played in the preliminary phase, Three independent research assistants who recorded the injuries in a protocol sheet observed each match. Forty-three (43) injuries were registered during this phase. The majority of the injuries affected soft tissues (67.8%). The most serious injuries were dislocations and fractures. The lower part of the body suffered more injuries occurred in the offensive part of the field (44.2%). The majority of injuries affected attackers (44.2%) as compared t defenders and mid fielders. The home team suffered more injuries (61.4%) compared to the away team. The loosing team recorded more injuries (51%) than the winning team. Given that most of the injuries were caused by opponents, it is recommended that team officials emphasize the use of protective gear as well as effective physical conditioning of their respective team players. There is also need to replicate the study on more comprehensive scales at international levels.