Muscle strains in soccer: A five-year survey of an Italian major league team

Piero Volpi, Gianluca Melegati, Davide Tornese, Marco Bandi

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We analyzed muscle injuries collected from an Italian major-league soccer team during the period 1995-2000. We considered all the muscle accidents that had required a player to stand down for three or more days. Among the overall injuries, muscle accidents were the most frequent, representing 30% (103 cases), followed by contusions (28%), sprains (17%) and tendinopathies (9%). There was one recurrence involving the hamstring. Lack of training was one of the causes of such injuries; in fact the training/match ratio of those seasons (3.6 to 1) show that there was little time for training compared to the number of matches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-485
Number of pages4
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004


  • Muscle strains
  • Soccer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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