Just another free Blogger theme

Follow By Email

Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Independent Newspaper published this article online today: Outside the Box: Warning to managers - quadruple jeopardy of signing the double-jointed.

"Clubs about to sign players may want to make sure they are not double-jointed, which according to research from Leeds Metropolitan University almost quadruples the risk of injury.

The study found that of 54 Premier League players surveyed throughout a full season, the "hypermobile" ones suffered a rate of 22 injuries every 1,000 hours, whereas the rate otherwise was just over six.

Hypermobility is defined as having at least four abnormally flexible joints, and it is surprising how many players are in that category. It applied to a third of those surveyed, who were also 12 times more likely to sustain a "severe" injury, but one Premier League club contacted by OTB said no more than 10 per cent of their players came into this category.

Lead researcher Gareth Jones said: "If you've got to make a decision about purchasing a player, the more information you have about risk factors for injury, it may guide you to select one player above another. We believe it's an important factor and needs further investigation."

The Football Association's medical department are considering a wider-ranging survey." - The Independent Newspaper.

Surely, the possibility of ruling out a talented player because their probability of getting injured is higher due to hypermobility is a form of discrimination? 'Jointism' infact. A condition that they are born with does not affect their talent and skill which they have developed over the years. Their condition may never affect their performance and certainly shouldn't be a hindrance on their professional sporting career. 

What are your thoughts? Comment below. 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque volutpat volutpat nibh nec posuere. Donec auctor arcut pretium consequat. Contact me 123@abc.com


Post a Comment