Table 2 Frequency of injury by location and type for the World Cup 2002 and 2006
Location and diagnosisWorld Cup 2002*World Cup 2006
No of injuriesNo of injuries
AllWith absenceAllWith absence
Head255†134
Concussion4111
Fracture of os nasalis1100
Contusion11172
Laceration92†51
Upper extremity83†125†
Fracture1111
Luxation/dislocation0021†
Muscle strain/rupture1100
Sprain1121
Contusion40†72†
Laceration1000
Trunk661511†
Muscle strain/rupture1122
Sprain1100
Tendonitis1100
Contusion33128†
Muscle pain0011
Hip2211
Strain1100
Contusion1111
Groin9864†
Muscle strain/rupture8831†
Tendonitis1000
Labial impingement0011
Contusion0011
Tightness0011
Thigh30262116†
Muscle strain/rupture18181010
Tendonitis2200
Contusion10694†
Cramps0022
Knee2215†18§17‡
Ligament rupture1111
Lesion of meniscus1122
Sprain53†7‡7‡
Tendonitis1121
Rupture of tendon0011
Contusion13855
Deep wound1100
Lower leg2915†3019†
Muscle strain/rupture5543
Contusion24101913
Tendonitis0010
Laceration0010†
Others0053
Ankle2519†24‡16†‡
Sprain1613†16‡12†‡
Contusion8684
Laceration1000
Foot148†65
Fracture10†00
Strain1100
Sprain1100
Contusion96†54
Laceration1000
Unclear (possible fracture)10†00
Others (blisters)0011
Unclear10†00
Contusion10†00
  • *Data from Junge et al1; †information is missing for at least one injury; ‡one time-loss injury was a combination of a knee sprain and an ankle sprain.