Table 2

Incidence of non-contact injury and causes in the final match in short congested match cycles compared to during match-play outside cycles

Cause of non-contact injury incidenceMatch outside congested periodsFinal match in congested periods ofIRR (95% CI) for match-play outside congestion vs final match in congested cycles
2 matches ≤3 days3 matches ≤4 days2 matches ≤3 daysp Value3 matches ≤4 daysp Value
Non-contact injury24.9 (13 to 36)44.6 (19 to 70)50.4 (13 to 88)1.8 (0.9 to 3.7)0.11772.0 (0.9 to 4.8)0.1129
 Acceleration5.5 (0 to 11)7.4 (−3 to 18)0.01.3 (0.2 to 7.3)0.7330
 Change in direction2.8 (−1 to 7)14.9 (0 to 29)21.6 (−3 to 46)5.4 (1.0 to 29.3)0.05227.8 (1.3 to 46.8)0.0243
 Fall2.8 (−1 to 7)4 (−4 to 11)0.01.3 (0.1 to 14.8)0.8094
 Kicking ball1.4 (−1 to 4)3.7 (−4 to 11)0.02.7 (0.2 to 43.0)0.4845
 Landing1.4 (−1 to 4)0.00.0
 Tackle0.03.7 (−6 to 8)7.2 (−6 to 21)
 Unknown11.1 (3 to 19)11.1 (−1 to 24)21.6 (−3 to 46)1.0 (0.3 to 3.8)0.99092.0 (0.5 to 7.3)0.3224
  • Injury incidence values are presented with 95% CIs.

  • IRR, incidence rate ratios.