“Psychological factors and overuse injuries in young female football players” (by Ulrika Tranæus, Lucas Alriksson, Urban Johnson & Eva Skillgate)

About the speaker: Ulrika Tranaeus (PhD) is a lecturer at the Swedish School of Sport and Health sciences (GIH) of Stockholm, Sweden. Her research work is on psychology of sport injury: prevention, during rehabilitation, and return to sport. She recently manifested a special interest in overuse injuries by initiating a collaboration between the Karolinska Institute and the Swedish soccer association. [ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”3,5,6,12,13,14,15,16″ ihc_mb_template=”1″ ]

Text: Simon Martin, a summary of the symposium: “Psychological perspectives on sport injuries”  held at the Nordic sport science conference. November 22/23 2017, Halmstad.

Background: There is 30 million of female soccer players in the world. The injury incidence is about 15 injuries/1000 hours. However, overuse injuries are missed by this classical time-loss injury definition.

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Goal: By prospectively following 600 female young elite soccer players, the KIC project (Karolinska football Injury Cohort) analyses the difference in player’s evaluation of psychological factors depending whether they sustain an overuse, traumatic or no injury during a 12 months period.

Highlights: The players answered an extensive baseline questionnaire covering potential risk factors such as coping, stress and passion to their sport. They also were followed weekly with an online questionnaire including the OSTRC overuse injury questionnaire.1

Preliminary results from baseline assessment of 100 participants suggested active coping to differed between injured and non-injured players (higher for uninjured), but no differences were found for perceived stress and passion.

Take-home message: waiting for more results, future studies should adopt a long term, prospective, repeated measures design as well as a psychosociocultural point of view to embrace the complexity of both traumatic and overuse injuries.


1Clarsen B. (2015). Overuse injuries in sport: development, validation and application of a new surveillance method (Doctoral thesis). Norwegian school of sport sciences.


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