Wearing electronic performance and tracking system devices in Association Football: Potential injury scenarios and associated impact energies

DUNN, Marcus, HART, John and JAMES, David (2018). Wearing electronic performance and tracking system devices in Association Football: Potential injury scenarios and associated impact energies. Proceedings, 2 (6), 232-237.

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Abstract

In competitive association football, wearing electronic performance and tracking system (EPTS) devices was approved in 2015. Safety concerns regarding their use have been raised; however, research and understanding is limited. Recently, FIFA has taken steps to assess possible injury mechanisms associated with wearing EPTS devices. This study identifies potential injury scenarios in football and associated impact energies. EPTS device use was first surveyed by questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. Unexpected, backward falls were highlighted as potential injury scenarios. An anthropomorphic test device (ATD), wearing a mock-EPTS device, was dropped onto 3G turf. Impact energy was 142.4 ± 42.1 and 5.8 ± 4.0 J whilst wearing and not wearing mock-EPTS devices respectively. Results indicate that wearing EPTS devices markedly increased impact energy experienced at the upper-back during falls. Further investigation into possible injury mechanisms (e.g., EPTS device shape and/or contact-area) of skin laceration and/or contusion risk, is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–28 March 2018.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Departments: Health and Well-being > Sport
Identification Number: 10.3390/proceedings2060232
Depositing User: Marcus Dunn
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 12:05
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 01:32
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18649

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