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Growth, maturation and injuries in academy football

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Project status: Ongoing
Project manager: Eirik Halvorsen Wik
Supervisor(s): Roald Bahr, Warren Gregson
Coworker(s): Lorenzo Lolli, Karim Chamari, Valter Di Salvo


Background: Injuries are common in youth football and growth and maturation are considered potential risk factors for young players. Still, the current body of research is inconclusive.

Aims: To examine growth rate and maturity status as risk factors for different injury types in youth academy football players

Methods: Anthropometric (stature, body mass and leg length), skeletal maturity (skeletal age), training and injury data were collected prospectively over three seasons.

Implications: If indicators of growth rate or skeletal maturity status are associated with an increased risk of certain injury types, these can be monitored by coaches and practitioners to identify potentially vulnerable players and subsequently reduce the impact of injuries.