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Playing experience and position influence injury risk among NCAA Division I collegiate footballers


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McCunn, R., Fullagar, H., Williams, S., Halseth, T., Sampson, J. and Murray, A., 2017. Forthcoming. Playing experience and position influence injury risk among NCAA Division I collegiate footballers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2016-0803

    Abstract

    Purpose: American football is widely played by collegiate student-athletes throughout the United States; however, the associated injury risk is greater than in other team sports. Numerous factors likely contribute to this risk yet research identifying these risk factors is limited. The present study sought to explore the relationship between playing experience and position on injury risk within NCAA Division I collegiate footballers. Methods: Seventy-six male collegiate student athletes within the American football program of an NCAA Division I university participated. Injuries were recorded over two consecutive seasons. Players were characterized based on college year (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) and playing position. The effect of playing experience and position on injury incidence rates was analysed using a generalized linear mixed-effects model, with a Poisson distribution, log-linear link function, and offset for hours of training exposure or number of in-game plays (for training and game injuries, respectively). Results: The overall rates of non-time loss and time loss game related injuries were 2.1 (90% CI: 1.8-2.5) and 0.6 (90% CI: 0.4-0.8) per 1000 plays respectively. The overall rates of non-time loss and time loss training related injuries were 26.0 (90% CI: 22.6-29.9) and 7.1 (90% CI: 5.9-8.5) per 1000 hours respectively. During training, seniors and running backs displayed the greatest risk. During games, sophomores, juniors and wide receivers were at greatest risk. Conclusions: Being aware of the elevated injury risk experienced by certain player groups may help coaches make considered decisions related to training design and player selection.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsMcCunn, R., Fullagar, H., Williams, S., Halseth, T., Sampson, J. and Murray, A.
    DOI10.1123/ijspp.2016-0803
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Publisher Statement_CLEAN_REVISED_MAIN_TEXT_Playing_experience_and_position_influence_injury_risk_among_NCAA_DI_collegiate_footballers.docx: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2016-0803 © Human Kinetics, Inc.
    RefereedYes
    StatusIn Press
    ID Code54631

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