Increased risk of injury following red and yellow cards, injuries and goals in FIFA World Cups

British Journal of Sports Medicine, 08/08/2013

To study the relationship between potentially game–disrupting incidents (PGDIs; red and yellow cards, goals and injuries) and the injury incidence in football. The injury incidence is high within the five minutes following a PGDI. For both team management and players, being aware of the increased risk of injury directly after a PGDI may be of clinical relevance, as it may enable them to take precautions in order to prevent injuries. There are significant differences in injury incidence between different match periods and game–related factors, such as PGDIs, appear partly to contribute to this variation.

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