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The Karolinska Football Injury Cohort - KIC

This project is an innovative collaboration between epidemiology, medicine, psychology, orthopedics, physiotherapy and naprapathy, composed of research groups at four universities, in order to identify risk factors for overuse and traumatic injuries. In an extensive cohort study, 600 young female footballers from Academies and secondary schools with elite football profiles (NIU) in the Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö regions will be included. Players free from injuries/pain in the hip, back and/or head/neck will be followed prospectively one year regarding incident cases of injuries to the to the hip, back and head/neck.  Players will answer an extensive questionnaire, are screened clinically at baseline and after 6 months, and followed prospectively with weekly web-based questionnaires regarding match and training exposure and new injuries during one year. Risk factors and factors of importance for no injury will be identified by comparing exposed and unexposed with an extensive confounding control. The project has a unique holistic and multidisciplinary perspective that potentially can answer a long row of research questions, separately for common but unexplored risk factors and pain sights.