Table 2

 Checklist for epidemiological studies of football injuries: the UEFA model

Study designProspective cohort study
Exposure factorIndividual participation time recorded
Study periodOne (or several) full football season(s)
Data collection formsBaseline form with anthropometrics
Attendance record (exposure factor)
Injury card (short, one page)
Study manualIncluding definitions, fictive cases and scenarios
Contact personMedical staff record exposure and injuries
Inclusion/exclusionAll players with a first team contract included
Definition of injuryTime loss from participation, only injuries occurring during team activities
Injury severityBased on absence from participation: slight (1–3 days), minor (4–7 days), moderate (8–28 days), major (>28 days)
Definition of reinjuryIdentical injury within two months
RehabilitationPlayer is injured until given clearance by medical staff to participate fully in team training and match play
Definition of a training sessionCoach directed physical activities carried out with the team
National teams, reserve teamsParticipation with national teams, reserve or youth teams included