Common American Football Injuries

  title={Common American Football Injuries},
  author={Jeffrey A. Saal},
  journal={Sports Medicine},
  • J. Saal
  • Published 1 August 1991
  • Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
SummaryAs many as 1.5 million young men participate in American football in the United States. An estimated 1.2 million football-related injuries are sustained annually. Since the 1970s epidemiological studies have shown that the risk of injury is higher in older athletes and lower in teams with more experienced coaches and more assistant coaches. 51% of injuries occurred at training; contact sessions were 4.7 times more likely to produce injuries than controlled sessions. Injury rates were… 

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