Table 1

Match exposure, overall injury incidence and injury incidence for moderate (8–28 days) and severe (>28 days) injuries for all groups combined and each playing group

Playing levelTotal matchesTotal player match-hoursTotal match injuriesInjury incidence (95% CI)Injury incidence by severity
Moderate (95% CI)Severe (95% CI)
All levels463592 700156616.9 (16.1 to 17.7)8.3 (7.7 to 8.9)7.6 (7.0 to 8.1)
Group A113022 60048921.7 (19.8 to 23.6)*11.3 (9.9 to 12.6)*9.0 (7.7 to 10.2)†
Group B173034 60057316.6 (15.2 to 17.9)†8.0 (7.1 to 9.0)8.1 (7.2 to 9.1)†
Group C177535 50050414.2 (13.0 to 15.4)6.8 (5.9 to 7.6)6.1 (5.4 to 6.9)
  • Group A (semiprofessional), group B (amateur) and group C (recreational/social).

  • For a small proportion of injuries in each group, a measure of severity was not available.

  • *Significantly higher injury incidence compared with groups B and C (p<0.001).

  • †Significantly higher injury incidence compared with group C (p<0.05).