Football causes 45,000 accidents per year

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Football causes 45,000 accidents per year


Headsetting causes about 450 concussions each year, according to Suva.


The tackle is the leading cause of accidents on football pitches in Switzerland.


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The tackle is the leading cause of accidents on football pitches in Switzerland.


Around 45,000 people are injured each year in Switzerland while playing football. The cumulative absence of these injured represents the equivalent of 2,000 full-time jobs per year, according to Suva. According to statistics, 64% of people injured while playing football are under 30 and 93% are men, the insurer said on Tuesday. These accidents not only represent suffering for accident victims, but they also have an economic impact on businesses.

An injured person is absent from work for an average of two weeks. Each year, 34 people become disabled. Companies are struggling to find replacements and train replacement staff.

The tackle, the leading cause of accidents

The most serious injuries are caused by collisions between opponents competing for possession, Suva said. The tackle is the leading cause of accidents (strain, elongation, tendon injury, muscle tearing and fracture). But the head game is not without its dangers: it causes about 450 concussions each year, often resulting in several weeks’ absence from work.

To limit the risk of injury, it is important to know how to properly assess your abilities and physical condition. La Suva offers a quiz to raise awareness about the prevention of football accidents. “Being able to avoid an accident is not only doing yourself good, but also your colleagues and your employer,” says the insurer.

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