Table 3

Characteristics of individual match observations following a full match exposure (≥90 min) subgrouped based on long-term match congestion and categorised depending on short-term match congestion

Long-term match congestion (total registered match exposure for the individual during 30 days)
Low (≤4.5 hours)Medium (>4.5 to ≤7.5 hours)High (>7.5 hours)
Observations, n (%)16 652 (18%)41 092 (48%)27 416 (33%)
Total match exposure, hours20 95555 53738 083
Mean match exposure time/observation, minutes (SD)75.5 (26.8)81.1 (21.0)83.3 (18.2)
All injuries, n5061346878
Total injury rate/1000 hours (95% CI)24.1 (22.1 to 26.3)24.2 (23.0 to 25.6)23.1 (21.6 to 24.6)
Total injury rate ratio (95% CI)1.05 (0.94 to 1.17)1.05 (0.97 to 1.14)Reference group
Muscle injuries, n (% of all injuries)210 (42%)520 (39%)342 (39%)
Muscle injury rate/1000 hours (95% CI)10.0 (8.8 to 11.5)9.4 (8.6 to 10.2)9.0 (8.1 to 10.0)
Muscle injury rate ratio (95% CI)1.12 (0.94 to 1.33)1.04 (0.91 to 1.20)Reference group