Identifying and understanding injury risk factors are necessary to target the injury-prone athlete and develop injury prevention measurements. The influence of psychological factors on injuries in football is poorly documented.
The aim of this eight-month prospective cohort study therefore was to examine whether psychological player characteristics assessed by a self-administered questionnaire represent risk factors for injury.
At baseline, female elite football players (approx. 250 players) will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire covering player history, previous injuries, perception of success and motivational climate, and life stress. During the 2009 season, all players will be followed up to record injuries.
Results from this investigation will contribute to get better insight in a players´ total stress situation on and outside the football field.