Lower Physical Fitness Is Associated with Injuries in Iranian National Futsal Teams: A Prospective Study.


Hooman Angoorani ORCID 1 , Zohreh Haratian 2 , Hamedreza Farmanara 3 , Paniz Jahani 3 , *

1 Department of Sports Medicine, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Iran Football Medical Assessment and Rehabilitation Center (IFMARC), Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Rasool-e-Akram Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Angoorani H, Haratian Z, Farmanara H, Jahani P. Lower Physical Fitness Is Associated with Injuries in Iranian National Futsal Teams: A Prospective Study., Asian J Sports Med.2021 In Press(In Press): e110778.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: In Press (In Press); e110778
Published Online: May 25, 2021
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 23, 2020
Revised: February 18, 2021
Accepted: March 14, 2021
Accepted Article scheduled for 12 (3)


Background: Several studies have investigated risk factors for injury in different sports, however little scientific information is available in relation to Futsal injuries. The study prospectively analyzed the influence of physical fitness parameters on the occurrence of futsal injuries in Iranian national teams.

Methods: Prior the season, all 55 players of 3 Iranian national futsal teams took part a series of tests for physical fitness parameters such as cardio-respiratory fitness, muscle strength, body composition, flexibility, agility and speed. Team physicians recorded all injuries, medical attention and time loss due to the injury throughout the match and training sessions.

Results: During 18 months, 54 futsal injuries were sustained by 32 players. Injured players had a poorer performance at baseline in agility, speed and vertical jump than players who did not incur an injury during the season. Lower maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) values were associated with a higher injury risk. No differences between injured and uninjured players were observed in age, anthropometric data, flexibility and lower extremity strength.

Conclusion: Some physical fitness parameters were associated with the risk of injuries in futsal. Therefore, improving physical fitness might help to reduce the number of futsal injuries.


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