Workload and Injury Risk in Football

You may have heard people talk about “workload” or “training load” within the sporting world. Measuring acute-chronic world ratios (ACWR) provides a way of determining how hard an individual is training relative to past sessions. It involves the assessment of the absolute 1-week workload (acute workload) relative to 4-week chronic workload (4-week average acute work-load). A workload index can then be calculated indicating whether the individual’s acute workload is greater, less than or equal to the chronic work-load they have been prepared for. One of the roles of a physiotherapist working within an elite club is to help with the tracking and management of workload.


Here is an interesting article which identifies the relationship between ACWR and injuries within a Premier League Football Club. It provides an interesting insight into how an acute spike in training load can contribute to injury risk. The full article can be found with a good ol’ internet search.


If you have any questions about your own training load and how that may contribute to injury risk, then contact Mindfully Active Physio in Bishops Stortford today.

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