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Infographic. Systematic video analysis of ACL injuries in professional male football (soccer): injury mechanisms, situational patterns and biomechanics study on 134 consecutive cases
  1. Francesco Della Villa1,
  2. Matthew Buckthorpe1,2,
  3. Alberto Grassi3,
  4. Alberto Nabiuzzi1,
  5. Filippo Tosarelli1,
  6. Stefano Zaffagnini3,
  7. Adam Virgile4,
  8. Stefano Della Villa1
  1. 1 Education and Research Department, Isokinetic FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Bologna, Italy
  2. 2 Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK
  3. 3 IIa Clinica Ortopedica e Traumatologica, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Bologna, Italy
  4. 4 College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francesco Della Villa, Education and Research Department, Isokinetic Medical Group, Bologna 40132, Italy; f.dellavilla{at}

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ACL injury is a severe and concerning health issue for the professional football player causing long layoff time.1 Each team of 25 players can expect one ACL injury every 2 years.2 Despite improved knowledge of ACL injuries and injury prevention, their rate in professional football is not declining.1 Video analysis can provide information on injury mechanisms, situational patterns and kinematics during actual injuries. This information can aid the effective design of injury risk reduction programmes. There is a need for large studies using systematic evaluation of ACL injuries to provide conclusive evidence on ACL …

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  • Contributors FDV and MB wrote the first draft. AV produced the infographic. All authors provided intellectual content to the final version.

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