Training habits and injuries of masters' level football players: A preliminary report Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To profile training habits and injuries in football players participating in a national Masters tournament. METHODS: A cross-sectional retrospective study design was used to survey male football players attending the 2008 New Zealand Masters Games. Information regarding player demographics, football injuries, football related training, and risk factors for injury were collected. RESULTS: 199 Players were recruited, with a median age of 44 yrs (range 35-73) and a median football playing history of 15 yrs (range 0-66). Irrespective of age, 112 (84%) players included a warm-up and 104 (78%) included a stretching regime in their regular training programme. In the 12 months prior to the tournament, 128 football related injuries were reported by 93 players (64 injuries/100 players or 46 injured players/100 players). The most frequently injured region was the lower limb; specifically the lower leg (n=23), ankle (n=18), hamstring (n=17), knee (n=15), and Achilles tendon (n=15). CONCLUSION: This study provides a preliminary insight into the training habits and injury profiles of Masters football players. Despite all players including some form of injury prevention strategy in their training, a significant number of players experienced an injury in the 12 months prior to the tournament.


  • Newsham-West, R
  • Button, C
  • Milburn, PD
  • M√ľndermann, A
  • Sole, G
  • Schneiders, AG
  • Sullivan, SJ

publication date

  • May 2009