Thermography as a method of injury prevention in professional football

Thermography as a method of injury prevention in professional football

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Muscle injuries are the most common cause of physical disability in sports practice and represents 20%–37% (Stubbe et al., 2015) of all time-loss injuries at men’s professional soccer level. Infrared thermography, a fast, non-invasive and objetive skin temperature measurement technology, can provide information about the states of muscle tissue and, therefore can be used as a risk identification and injury prevention tool.

A longitudinal study (Côrte, A. C., et al., 2019) conducted during two consecutive seasons with a professional football team from Brazil (Corinthians) analyzed the efficiency of infrared thermography as injury prevention method.

Results: Muscle injuries decreased 63% during the season Infrared Thermography was used, which also meant a saving of ? 317.000 USD


Europa Thermohuman ThermoHuman has had the support of the Funds of the European Union and the Community of Madrid through the Operational Programme on Youth Employment. Likewise, ThermoHuman within the framework of the Export Initiation Program of ICEX NEXT, had the support of ICEX and the co-financing of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

CDTI Thermohuman has received funding from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), in participation with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for the R+D activities involved in creating a new tool, based on thermography, for the prediction and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis. See project detail.