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A Case and Literature Review of an Injury inflicted by a Soccer Goal Post

Šoša, Ivan; Stemberga, Valter; Ferenčić, Antun; Cuculić, Dražen
A Case and Literature Review of an Injury inflicted by a Soccer Goal Post // 2nd International Conference of Football: Training methods and Social Issues
Valencia, Španjolska, 2017. (poster, međunarodna recenzija, sažetak, ostalo)

A Case and Literature Review of an Injury inflicted by a Soccer Goal Post

Šoša, Ivan ; Stemberga, Valter ; Ferenčić, Antun ; Cuculić, Dražen

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, sažetak, ostalo

2nd International Conference of Football: Training methods and Social Issues

Mjesto i datum
Valencia, Španjolska, 01-03. 03. 2017

Vrsta sudjelovanja

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
Accident, injury, prevention, soccer goal post, social responsibility

Introduction: Soccer is the most popular and the fastest growing team sport worldwide (Janda, Bir, Wild, Olson, & Hensinger, 1995). Most fatal injuries in play are described as the impact of a player with the goal post, and the goal post falling forward, on top of the child, with the crossbar striking the victim ; is the most common scenario for these fatalities (Schieber, 1994). Stationary made goal posts might prevent tip-over deaths, but the number of impact injuries could increase since an immovable object is being placed on the field of play(Janda et al., 1995). Methods: We report a case involving child’s impact with a goal post. The injuries illustrated include a portable goal post system falling on top of a 5-year-old child. Aside of that, we reviewed a literature available in MEDLINE and Web of Science on this topic (we have used “soccer goal post” AND injur* OR accident as operators for our search). Results: A 5-year-old boy at a local or field ran towards a poorly-anchored soccer goal post, and grabbed it when the goal tipped over on him. Fortunately witnessed the accident, happened during times not involving games or practice ; namely, victim’s parent was in immediate proximity, but not in the eye contact. The boy sustained multiple superficial injuries and a concussion. At the time of the injury, the patient was without any focal neurological deficits. Regarding our literature search, combining both bibliographic services, only six journal papers were retrieved. Conclusion: It has been previously proposed that a removable goal post system would reduce and possibly eliminate injuries in the soccer. However, a case that we report illustrates the injuries that can occur with a movable soccer goal post, demonstrating the necessity of a more permanent and secure type of goal post system (Schieber, 1994). Worldwide 40 million amateur participants practice soccer and unlike professional soccer, youth soccer typically uses portable goals that can be moved on and off the field (Janda et al., 1995). Moreover, goal posts for amateur soccer are often produced by local, amateur machine manufacturers without stringent specifications about the warning labels. Nevertheless, it is mandatory to reprove children playing on the goal posts, especially since the nets look a lot like rope ladders (Schieber, 1994). As goal posts in soccer usually comprise nothing more than a series of telescoping poles connected to form the standard rectangular goal area (Pavonetti, 1999), responsible parties are advised to chain the goal posts to any permanent structure when it is not in use or place it goal- face-down on the ground. REFERENCES Janda, D. H., Bir, C., Wild, B., Olson, S., & Hensinger, R. N. (1995). Goal post injuries in soccer. A laboratory and field testing analysis of a preventive intervention. Am J Sports Med, 23(3), 340-344. Pavonetti, O. F. (1999). Collapsible/portable soccer goal: Google Patents. Schieber, R. A. (1994). Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries Caused by Falling Soccer Goals. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 22(4), 569-570. doi:Doi 10.1177/036354659402200427

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