Objective: Continue the ongoing injury surveillance of FIFA sponsored football tournaments and report on other medical aspects of the FIFA World Cup™ Design: prospective epidemiologic injury surveillance and descriptive summary of additional medical aspects.
Setting: major international football tournament Participants: national team players, doctors and referees at the FIFA World Cup™
Main outcome measures: injury type, location, and rate.
Results: A total of 145 injuries were reported for the 64 matches for an overall injury rate of 68.7 per 1000 match hours or 2.3 injuries per match, down from 2.7 injuries per match in 2002. Preparticipation physical examinations uncovered no hidden cardiovascular issues. Once the tournament started, no referees were unable to complete their duties. There were no positive doping tests.
Conclusions: The injury rate for this World Cup was below that of 2002, but consistent with the overall injury per match rate since data collection began in 1998. There continues to be no evidence of systematic doping in international football.
- World Cup
- injury epidemiology
- injury incidence
- injury type
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