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Football-specific extension of the IOC consensus statement: methods for recording and reporting of epidemiological data on injury and illness in sport 2020

Waldén, Markus; Mountjoy, Margo; McCall, Alan; Serner, Andreas; Massey, Andrew; Tol, Johannes L.; Bahr, Roald; D'Hooghe, Michel; Bittencourt, Natália; Della Villa, Francesco; Dohi, Michiko; Dupont, Gregory; Fulcher, Mark; Janse van Rensburg, Dina Christina (Christa); Lu, Donna; Andersen, Thor Einar


Markus Waldén

Margo Mountjoy

Andreas Serner

Andrew Massey

Johannes L. Tol

Roald Bahr

Michel D'Hooghe

Natália Bittencourt

Francesco Della Villa

Michiko Dohi

Gregory Dupont

Mark Fulcher

Dina Christina (Christa) Janse van Rensburg

Donna Lu

Thor Einar Andersen


Several sports have published consensus statements on methods and reporting of epidemiological studies concerning injuries and illnesses with football (soccer) producing one of the first guidelines. This football-specific consensus statement was published in 2006 and required an update to align with scientific developments in the field. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently released a sports-generic consensus statement outlining methods for recording and reporting epidemiological data on injury and illness in sport and encouraged the development of sport-specific extensions.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association Medical Scientific Advisory Board established a panel of 16 football medicine and/or science experts, two players and one coach. With a foundation in the IOC consensus statement, the panel performed literature reviews on each included subtopic and performed two rounds of voting prior to and during a 2-day consensus meeting. The panel agreed on 40 of 75 pre-meeting and 21 of 44 meeting voting statements, respectively. The methodology and definitions presented in this comprehensive football-specific extension should ensure more consistent study designs, data collection procedures and use of nomenclature in future epidemiological studies of football injuries and illnesses regardless of setting. It should facilitate comparisons across studies and pooling of data.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 19, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 6, 2023
Publication Date 2023-11
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2023
Journal British Journal of Sports Medicine
Print ISSN 0306-3674
Electronic ISSN 1473-0480
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 21
Pages 1341-1350
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