Table 1

Definitions of injury and match congestion variables used in the study

Time-loss injuryAny physical complaint sustained by a player that results from a football match and led to the player being unable to take full part in future football training or match play.
Muscle injuryA traumatic distraction or overuse injury to a muscle.
Short-term match congestionNumber of days since the player’s last recorded match exposure prior to the observation.
Long-term match congestionTotal hours of match exposure that the player had been exposed to in the 30 days prior to the observation.