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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, Amanda Johnson


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, maturity status and maturity tempo as risk factors for injury in youth academy football players

Methods: Anthropometric (stature, body mass and sitting height), skeletal maturity (skeletal age and percentage of predicted mature height) and injury data were collected prospectively over three seasons.

Implications: If indicators of growth rate, skeletal maturity status or maturity tempo 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.