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A three-year prospective study of illness in professional soccer players.
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PMID:  20623436     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to investigate rates and patterns of illness in professional soccer and their impact on playing resources. Illnesses were prospectively diagnosed over three seasons in first-team professional soccer players (n = 81) by the club's physician. A total of 203 illnesses were diagnosed with a mean of 2.5 +/- 0.7 complaints per player per season. The majority of complaints were classed as upper respiratory (74.5%) and gastrointestinal illnesses (13.7%). Of all illness episodes, 19.7% required a lay-off (mean duration: 2.1 days). Per season, 0.3% +/- 0.01 of all working days were lost due to illness; each player lost an average of 1.1 +/- 0.1 working days and missed 0.1 +/- 0.2 matches. Results from this study suggest that common infectious illnesses have little impact on player availability in professional soccer.
Emmanuel Orhant; Christopher Carling; Amanda Cox
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in sports medicine (Print)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1543-8635     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Sports Med     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-10-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101167637     Medline TA:  Res Sports Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-204     Citation Subset:  IM    
LOSC Lille Métropole Football Club, Camphin-en-Pévèle 59780, France.
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MeSH Terms
Athletes / statistics & numerical data*
Gastrointestinal Diseases / epidemiology*
Prospective Studies
Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology*
Sick Leave / statistics & numerical data*
Soccer / statistics & numerical data*
Young Adult

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