Community-level football injury epidemiology: Traumatic injuries treated at Swedish emergency medical facilities
Journal article, 2018

Background Despite the popularity of the sport, few studies have investigated community-level football injury patterns. This study examines football injuries treated at emergency medical facilities using data from three Swedish counties. Methods An open-cohort design was used based on residents aged 0-59 years in three Swedish counties (pop. 645 520). Data were collected from emergency medical facilities in the study counties between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010. Injury frequencies and proportions for age groups stratified by sex were calculated with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) and displayed per diagnostic group and body location. Results Each year, more than 1/200 person aged 0-59 years sustained at least one injury during football play that required emergency medical care. The highest injury incidence was observed among adolescent boys [2009 injuries per 100 000 population years (95% CI 1914-2108)] and adolescent girls [1413 injuries per 100 000 population years (95% CI 1333-1498)] . For female adolescents and adults, knee joint/ligament injury was the outstanding injury type (20% in ages 13-17 years and 34% in ages 18-29 years). For children aged 7-12 years, more than half of the tr eated injuries involved the upper extremity; fractures constituted about one-third of these injuries. Conclusions One of every 200 residents aged 0-59 years in typical Swedish counties each year sustained a traumatic football injury that required treatment in emergency healthcare. Further research on community-level patterns of overuse syndromes sustained by participation in football play is warranted.


Toomas Timpka

Linköping University

Jan Schyllander

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Diana Stark Ekman

University of Skövde

Walden University

Robert Ekman

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Örjan Dahlström

Linköping University

Martin Hägglund

Linköping University

Karolina Kristenson

Linköping University

Jenny Jacobsson

Linköping University

European Journal of Public Health

1101-1262 (ISSN) 1464-360X (eISSN)

Vol. 28 1 94-99

Subject Categories


Forensic Science

Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology



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