Table 6

Type of injuries (frequencies-f; percentage-%) among soccer referees on the last match, during the last year and during fitness testing, for match referees (MR), and assistant referees (AR); and for different competitive levels (UEFA referees-UEFA, 1st National league-1st, 2nd National league-2nd, 3rd National league
Total n = 342 MR n = 159 AR n = 183 UEFA n = 18 1st n = 78 2nd n = 91 3rd n = 155
f (%) f (%) f (%) f (%) f (%) f (%) f (%)
Last match (n = 65 injuries)
Fracture 1 (2) 0(0) 1(3) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 1(4)
Dislocation 1 (2) 0(0) 1(0) 0(0) 0(0) 1(5) 0(0)
Sprain 8 (12) 7(22) 1(0) 0(0) 3(9) 1(5) 4(17)
Ligament injury 8 (12) 4(13) 4(0) 0(0) 1(3) 3(15) 4(17)
Lesion of meniscus or cartilage 5 (8) 2(6) 3(0) 0(0) 2(6) 1(5) 2(8)
Muscle rupture/tear 4 (6) 2(6) 2(0) 0(0) 2(6) 1(5) 1(4)
Muscle strain 11 (17) 3(9) 8(0) 0(0) 5(16) 2(10) 4(17)
Tendon injury/strain 16 (25) 10(31) 6(0) 0(0) 2(6) 8(40) 6(25)
Tendinitis/bursitis 8 (12) 4(13) 4(0) 0(0) 5(16) 1(5) 2(8)
Contusion/hematoma 2 (3) 0(0) 1(0) 0(0) 1(3) 1(5) 0(0)
Laceration 1 (2) 0(0) 1(0) 0(0) 0(0) 1(5) 0(0)
Last 12 months (n = 110 injuries)
Concussion 1 (1) 0(0) 1(2) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 1(3)
Fracture 1 (1) 0(0) 1(2) 0(0) 1(3) 0(0) 0(0)
Dislocation 3 (3) 1(2) 2(3) 0(0) 0(0) 1(2) 2(6)
Sprain 12 (10) 8(15) 4(6) 0(0) 3(8) 4(10) 5(14)
Ligament injury 9 (7) 2(4) 7(11) 0(0) 1(3) 4(10) 4(11)
Lesion of meniscus or cartilage 7 (6) 4(7) 3(5) 0(0) 2(5) 2(5) 3(9)
Muscle rupture/tear 9 (8) 5(9) 4(6) 2(33) 3(8) 2(5) 2(6)
Muscle strain 32 (29) 11(20) 21(33) 2(33) 10(27) 12(29) 8(23)
Tendon injury/strain 20 (18) 15(27) 5(8) 2(33) 6(16) 8(20) 4(11)
Tendinitis/bursitis 18 (16) 8(15) 10(16) 0(0) 8(22) 6(15) 4(11)
Contusion/hematoma 3 (3) 1(2) 2(3) 0(0) 1(3) 2(5) 1(3)
Nerve injury 3 (3) 0(0) 3(5) 0(0) 2(5) 0(0) 1(3)
During fitness testing (n = 56 injuries)
Concussion 1 (2) 0(0) 1(3) 0(0) 1(4) 0(0) 0(0)
Dizziness 2 (4) 0(0) 2(6) 0(0) 1(4) 1(6) 0(0)
Fracture 1 (2) 1(5) 0(0) 0(0) 1(4) 0(0) 0(0)
Sprain 1 (2) 1(5) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 1(8)
Lesion of meniscus or cartilage 2 (4) 1(5) 1(3) 0(0) 2(8) 0(0) 0(0)
Muscle rupture/tear 3 (5) 1(5) 2(6) 0(0) 1(4) 2(12) 0(0)
Muscle strain 33 (59) 13(59) 20(59) 3(100) 12(50) 11(65) 7(58)
Tendon injury/strain 3 (5) 2(9) 1(3) 0(0) 2(8) 1(6) 0(0)
Tendinitis/bursitis 6 (11) 1(5) 5(15) 0(0) 4(17) 0(0) 2(17)
Contusion/hematoma 2 (4) 1(5) 1(3) 0(0) 0(0) 1(6) 1(8)
Nerve injury 2 (4) 1(5) 1(3) 0(0) 0(0) 1(6) 1(8)

Gabrilo et al.

Gabrilo et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:88   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-88

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