Footballers really are working harder and getting injured more often

By | February 23, 2019
 Ronan Curtis (11) of Portsmouth receives medical attention

Injuries in football are on the rise

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English Premier League footballers will enjoy a mid-season break next winter, partly in an attempt to reduce injuries. Some say footballers have never had it so easy, but a study of player injuries confirms the modern game is increasingly taking its toll.

Ashley Jones at Leeds Beckett University in the UK and his colleagues tracked 243 players from 10 clubs across four of the divisions below the English Premier League in the 2015/16 season. They found players had an average of 1.9 injuries per player per …

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