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Functional Assessment and Injury Risk in a Professional Soccer Team

Faculty of Education, University of Castilla-la Mancha, 02071 Albacete, Spain
Faculty of Education, University of Castilla-la Mancha, 16071 Cuenca, Spain
Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Murcia, 30720 San Javier, Spain
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Academic Editor: Filipe Manuel Clemente
Received: 30 October 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 17 January 2017 / Published: 22 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Performance in Soccer)
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At the last World Conference on Sport and Physical Therapy celebrated in Bern (Switzerland, 2015), it was confirmed that the functional skills of an athlete are a very important variable to be considered in the recovery of an injury. On the other hand, its use as a predictive risk tool still lacks solid evidence. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a battery of functional tests (FPT) could be used as a preliminary measure for the season in order to identify the injury risk in a professional soccer team in the Spanish Second Division B League. Fifty-two soccer players (ages of 25.3 ± 4.6 years, 10.33% ± 0.9% fat) were functionally assessed during two seasons (2012–2013 and 2013–2014) and analyzed from an injury perspective. A total of 125 injuries were recorded. The sample was grouped based on the number of injuries and the required absence days. Except for the bipodal vertical jump (CMJ), none of the functional tests revealed differences among the groups. The correlation study between the functional condition and the suffered injuries did not show any significant results. View Full-Text
Keywords: functional condition; suffered injury; football; sport performance functional condition; suffered injury; football; sport performance

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Gómez-Piqueras, P.; González-Víllora, S.; Sainz de Baranda Andújar, M.D.P.; Contreras-Jordán, O.R. Functional Assessment and Injury Risk in a Professional Soccer Team. Sports 2017, 5, 9.

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