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Few training sessions between return to play and first match appearance are associated with an increased propensity for injury: a prospective cohort study of male professional football players during 16 consecutive seasons
  1. Håkan Bengtsson1,2,
  2. Jan Ekstrand2,3,4,
  3. Markus Waldén2,4,
  4. Martin Hägglund1,2
  1. 1Division of Physiotherapy, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  2. 2Football Research Group, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  3. 3Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  4. 4Division of Community Medicine, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Håkan Bengtsson, Division of Physiotherapy, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping SE-581 83, Sweden; info.frg{at}telia.com

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  • Twitter @HockanB, @janekstrand, @MarkusWalden, @MHgglund, @frgsweden.

  • Contributors HB was responsible for the conception and design of the study. HB, AS and HH conducted the analyses which were planned and checked with MH, JE and MW. All authors contributed to the interpretation of the findings and had full access to all data. HB wrote the first draft of the paper, which was critically revised by JE, MW and MH. The final manuscript was approved by all authors. MH is the study guarantor.

  • Funding The Football Research Group was established in Linköping, Sweden, in cooperation with Linköping University, using grants from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Swedish Football Association and the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Written informed consent was collected from all participating players. The study protocol was approved by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Football Development Division and the UEFA Medical Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Twitter @HockanB, @janekstrand, @MarkusWalden, @MHgglund, @frgsweden.

  • Contributors HB was responsible for the conception and design of the study. HB, AS and HH conducted the analyses which were planned and checked with MH, JE and MW. All authors contributed to the interpretation of the findings and had full access to all data. HB wrote the first draft of the paper, which was critically revised by JE, MW and MH. The final manuscript was approved by all authors. MH is the study guarantor.

  • Funding The Football Research Group was established in Linköping, Sweden, in cooperation with Linköping University, using grants from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Swedish Football Association and the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Written informed consent was collected from all participating players. The study protocol was approved by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Football Development Division and the UEFA Medical Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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