Thermography as a method of injury prevention in professional football
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