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Researchers suggest ways to reduce football injury

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1561

The high incidence of football injuries sustained by both amateur and professional players could be considerably reduced by minor changes to the game, better refereeing, and improved shin guard design, according to two papers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (1996; 30:165-70,171-5).

After watching 44 of the 52 matches played during the 1994 World Cup finals in the US, researchers from Loughborough University found that only a minority of injuries (29%) resulted from foul play. Defenders were found to be at greater risk of injury than other players, and 15% of all the injuries were considered serious …

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