Goreta Roko, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split.
By applying the newly constructed Questionnaire on the incidence of knee pain and injuries in soccer on a sample of 39 senior soccer players participating in Croatian first-league competitions, good metric characteristics of the measuring instrument were determined. A high coefficient of reliability and good sensitivity of scales of the Questionnaire indicate the possibility of its application in further research. Significant differences were found in the incidence of knee pain according to gender in three of the total ten variables used in this study. The total of 63.16% female soccer players reported lack of knee injury, whereas 55% of male soccer player reported knee injuries, which indicates higher incidence of injuries among male players. The most common knee injuries are meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament injuries, which is quantitatively represented by a relative value of 50.00%. The scientific contribution of this paper is in the construction and validation of a new measuring instrument for determining the incidence of knee pain and injuries in soccer. Guidelines for future studies include the necessity to increase the number of both male and female participants and to modify the questionnaire by increasing the number of items and variables.
pain incidence, construction, validation, measuring instrument, differences
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