Epidemiology of university American Football injuries in the United Kingdom

Jack Bayram, David Hamilton, David Saunders

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Abstract / Description of output

Background:College level American football injury data are routinely collected, however data relating to UK university American football injuries has never been reported.Purpose: To describe the epidemiology of UK university American football injuries.
Study Design:Descriptive epidemiology study.
Methods An online survey tool was used to collect injury data of 410 players from 56 UK university American football teams who participated in the 2014-2015 British Universities and College Sports American football season. Survey data were collected from January to February 2016 and analysed to determine the incidence and patterns of injury.Results:710 injuries and 204 concussions were self-reported among the 410 participants, of which 334 (81.5%) were injured and 131 (32.0%) experienced concussion symptoms. The rate of injury per 100 athlete-seasons was greater in defensive players (195.3) than offensive players (155.1). The most common injuries were knee and ankle ligament injuries. The most common time loss for an injury was >4 weeks.Conclusion:UK university American football injuries differ markedly from those reported for US colleges. UK university players appear to have less playing experience, greater concussion risks, more severe injuries and a greater proportion of injuries to defensive players.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalOrthopaedic journal of sports medicine
Early online date29 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Oct 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • football (American)
  • head injuries
  • concussion
  • general sports trauma
  • epidemiology


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