Injuries in football - An analysis based on UEFA Injury Report [PART 1]

September 14, 2018 2 min read

Injuries in football - An analysis based on UEFA Injury Report [PART 1]

Want to know how injuries affects professional teams? Uefa discloses it for you and SAK is really interested in showing you some insights.

Teams have reported 219 training sessions on average and 59 matches - that's quite a lot!

What about how many injuries happen from these training sessions?

530 injuries. But what about Match injuries? 670. Wow, that's quite a lot (you would think so but it's been declining over time, we will show it later on).


Have we caught your attention yet?

If not, this post is not for you. If you are still interested, then let's carry on.

Uefa took a team, let's call it Team X for licensing and data protection reasons, versus the european football elite average.let's focus on these comparable terms.


56% of injuries happened in real-game environment, therefore it is important to pay attention to contact based injuries.

You would think that contact based injuries happen in match environment, right?
Correct, they happen more during matches (34.6%) than training (17.6%).


However, for Team X, 80% of injuries account for non-contact injuries in training environment and are responsible for 71% of total injuries, both during training and match.

Please don't overuse your muscles, you are strong but not Iron-Man!

(source: Uefa Injury Report 2016)


On average, teams reported 218 training sessions and 59 matches over the reporting period. Since the
reporting period differed between teams, we have also calculated a monthly training and match load.

On average, teams had 20 training sessions and 5.4 matches each month, giving an average training-
to-match exposure ratio of 5.6 hours of training for each hour of match play.

(source: Uefa Injury Report)


The season is long...does it affect the Elite's player availability?


The answer is - When the season starts and when the season stops. Most injuries happen in September/October and December. December is the busiest time of the year for Premier League clubs. On the other hand,most leagues slow down during this period. This is supported by a spike in injuries in training (December), therefore the back to training is predominant in injury cause.

(Source: Uefa Injury Report)


In September it is relatively balanced given the high amount of matches and training sessions. In October, our perception is that the first consequences of lack of pre-training given international events providing extra rest period to international players being the cause of injuries in match during this month.


This season report contains results from July to June of the 2015/16 season for the 29 clubs that
provided complete data for at least five months. Those clubs are: AFC Ajax, Arsenal FC, AS Roma,
Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea FC, Club Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona, FC Basel 1893, FC Porto, FC
Schalke 04, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit, Galatasaray AŞ, Juventus, LOSC Lille, Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, Malmö FF, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, NK Maribor, Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-
Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid CF, SL Benfica, Southampton FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Tottenham Hotspur FC and Valencia CF.


Please follow us for PART 2 next month - we will keep it real!


Frederico Costa

Performance Marketing Manager @SAK



















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