|dc.description.abstract||This study involved the analysis of injuries incurred by players during the 2001
Moi Golden Cup Soccer Toumament. A total of twenty- four (24) matches were
covered. A modified Soccer Observation Chart from the one developed by
Asembo, Njororai and Wekesa (1995) was used to collect data for this study.
Three-trained research assistants were used for collection of data. Each one of
them collected data independently. An inter observer agreement was set at 90%
for the various variables for purposes of inclusion in the analysis. Where there
were differences of opinion, consultations with the team dodorlfirst aider was
The data collected were expressed in terms of frequencies and percentages.
Chi-square was used to test the significance of various hypotheses in line with
injuries incurred by players in the 2001 Moi Golden Cup Soccer Toumament with
the objective of establishing the nature, anatomical distribution, contextual
mechanism, aetiology, and time course of injuries in relation to tournament level,
part of the field, teams (home/away, winning/losing) and players position among
male Soccer players. The significant level for rejection and/or acceptance of the
hypotheses was set at 0.05.
From this study, it was found that more injuries 44(43.14%) occurred in the
preliminary phase of the toumament and first halves (67.6%) of the matches
played. Forward players were more vulnerable to injuries compared to other
positions. They suffered 35(34.3%) of the total injuries recorded during the study.
The opponent caused the highest number 50(49%) of injuries. Most players
28(27.5%) were injured as a result of being kicked by another player. The
offensive zone recorded more injuries 37(36.3%) compared to the defensive and
construction zones, which recorded 35(34.3%) and 30(29.4%) respectively. Soft
tissue injuries accounted for the highest percentage (79%) of injuries during the
Toumament. Most players 17(62.96%), were substituted because of injuries in
the preliminary phase of the Tournament. Away teams registered more injuries
58(56.9%) than home teams 44(43.1 %) while winning teams incurred more
injuries 54(53%) than losing teams 48 (47%). Anatomically, the lower body was
the most affected by injuries 67(65.7%) in this study.
Therefore, it is recommended that Kenyan Soccer Coaches should emphasize
the need for proper physical conditioning and sportsmanship to reduce chances
of their players getting unnecessary injuries. The Kenya Football Federation in
liaison with the Government and Clubs should strive to improve and maintain
Soccer pitches to avoid predisposing players to injuries.
Further studies in the same area with female teams, international tournaments,
other sports, among others, are recommended.||en_US