World Cup 2022 linked to rise in injury severity, claims Howden


The 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar [20 November to 18 December] resulted in an overall increase in injury severity for players in Europe’s top five leagues.

That is one of the key findings of broker Howden’s 2022/23 Men’s European FootbalI Injury Index.

It reports that international footballers who took part in the World Cup, and who play in the Premier League [England], Bundesliga [Germany], LaLiga [Spain], Serie A [Italy] and Ligue 1 [France] spent an average of eight days longer on the sidelines due to injury in the months following the tournament – the first to be held mid-season for these five leagues.

In October 2022, 88 recorded injuries

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