By Walter Broeckx
After the introduction part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8 and part 9 and part 10 we continue to have a further look at some of the injuries in detail. And remember this is based on the injuries since 2002.
14. Shoulder injuries
I think we can say that no player ever gets injured on his shoulder from running around. So when a shoulder gets injured it will be a result of some kind of contact. As a result we added this type of to the contact injuries.
What does the numbers tell us?
|Shoulder injuries||Injuries||Coefficient risk|
|Aston villa||6||110.20 %|
|Man City||6||110.20 %|
|Man United||7||128.57 %|
|League average without Arsenal||5.44|
Is it any surprise that when we talk about an injury that comes from contact we see Arsenal top of this table? No, not really by now. But what is baffling is that we are so much away from the rest. The league average is around 5 of such injuries. And Arsenal have had 20!
Mostly when players are fouled they fall on the ground. And when falling on the ground badly you can injure your shoulder. And that is seemingly happening to Arsenal players more than to others. Maybe if refs would act more and call more fouls and dish out more yellow cards against opponents who play Arsenal this could stop for a bit?
This might start to sound like a broken record but I can’t help it that the numbers always seem to indicate at the same thing. The more you get fouled the more chance of getting injured. And so we see this time and time again and it would be nice if it would stop at some point in time.
But only a few weeks ago it was made clear once again (and not for the first time this season) that some teams get a free pass to kick our players without the refs acting properly on the field.
Going back to the numbers we see that Everton hardly had any shoulder injuries in the past 10 seasons. An amazing low number of 1 shoulder injury is astonishing. Dishing out doesn’t lead to much injuries one could say.
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Other teams that seem to suffer a lot from this type of injury is Liverpool. But compared to Arsenal it is peanuts of course. The same can be said of Manchester United and Newcastle. More than average but nothing compared to Arsenal.
So let us now move on to the last type of injuries we will look at in detail.
15. Thigh Muscle strain
Even though we could argue about the fact that being kicked on the thigh might lead to a contact injury we decided that this injury will be looked upon as a non contact injury. When you will look at the numbers later on you will realise that by doing this we reduced the contact injuries a bit.
|Thigh Muscle strain||Injuries||Coefficient risk|
|Aston villa||30||111.57 %|
|Man City||20||74.38 %|
|Man United||28||104.13 %|
|League average without Arsenal||26.89|
So once again Arsenal well on top of the table. Far more than any other team. More than de double of the league average and thus leading to a very high risk coefficient.
So you understand that if we had decided to take this injury as a 50/50 contact injury it would even have increased the already high number of Arsenal contact injuries. But we didn’t so we will look at it as a non contact injury type.
And then we might ask some questions. As the other teams are all rather close to the league average apart from Newcastle and even Chelsea on the high side of the table and Manchester City and Tottenham on the low side of the table. So why is it that Arsenal has much more of this type of injuries?
I hope that the examination that Wenger wanted about the injuries will go deeper into this type of injury. As this is one of the few non contact injuries where we see a big gap between Arsenal and the rest.
If you have followed us thus far you may recall that when it came to non-contact injuries Arsenal in general was not top of the table most of the time. But in this case we are.
Is it a coincidence or a part of the body that is underdeveloped in training or overworked in training? I cannot judge it but I do hope that others who have more inside information will find the answer to the problem we certainly have with this injury type.
In the next article we will have a look at the risk that some teams are running on the field. We will go back to the initial numbers but we will add the number of games played in that period. As the work load of some teams are different and thus we cannot really compare the data as such for some teams. We know that top 4 teams play more matches in general than mid-table teams and so it might be interesting to compare a few of them.
And thanks to Mike T. one of the people who regularly comments on this site I have been able to do this. So stay tuned for more.