ISAKOS: 2019 Congress in Cancun, Mexico

2019 ISAKOS Biennial Congress ePoster #2118


Incidents and Injuries in Beach Soccer: The First Prospective Video-Based Analysis of the Actions Before Beach Soccer Injuries

Mason Porramatikul, MD, Bangkok THAILAND
Athaphol Sriwattana, MD, Bangkok THAILAND
Chanin Ditsattham, MD, Dusit, Bangkok THAILAND
Jiri Dvorak, MD, Prof., Zurich SWITZERLAND

Dept. of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine, Vajira Hospital, Navamindradhiraj University, Bangkok, THAILAND

FDA Status Cleared


We applied a video-based Football Incident Analysis method to 993 injury-related incidents in the elite beach soccer tournament and report here a detailed description of the different high-risk incidents and the resulting injuries.



Beach soccer has a higher incidence of injuries than association football (soccer); however, the incidence has been little studied. This prospective cohort study investigated the characteristics of injury situations during elite beach soccer using video-based Football Incident Analysis (FIA).


Videotapes and injury information were prospectively collected from the Beach Soccer Tournament at the 4th Asian Beach Games. When a match was stopped because of an assumed injury, the characteristics of the playing situation that caused the incident were analysed using FIA. Injury data were collected from the Olympic Games standard form as well as from reports by the National Olympic Committee of Asia medical teams and Asian Beach Games medical staff working in a polyclinic and at medical venues.


During 27 matches, 255 incidents were recorded from 165.5 player-hours. Goalkeepers experienced more incidents (31% of all incidents) than other players. Most of the incidents (56.6%) occurred in the defensive playing field during defensive ball procession (64.7%) and resulted from dribbling and tackling (29%). In total, 25 acute injuries were reported, equivalent to 151 injuries per 1,000 player-hours. The foot and toe were the most common locations to be injured. The most frequent injury type was contusion.


Along with having higher rates of incidents and injuries, beach soccer differs from football in the context of incidents, parts of body injured, and types of injury. An injury prevention strategy specific to beach soccer is needed to reduce incidents and injuries.