عنوان مقاله [English]
Every injury which happens during physical activity includes economic costs for treatment. This may cause loss of quality of life and job opportunities for the athlete in future. The aim of this research was to study the direct cost of injury in soccer in three years via the data of Sport Medicine Federation injury surveillance system. A retrospective analysis was conducted of the data of cost of injury for soccer athletes from the sport medicine federation injury surveillance system of Iran during three years of Persian calendar at 21st of March 2009 until 19th of March 2012. In order to report the injury costs, descriptive statistic was used. Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used (p < 0.05) in order to compare cost of injury in gender and age groups as well. All statistical analysis was done by the SPSS software (version 14). 28.533.697.235 Rials were the cost of 13284 injuries with mean cost of 2147974 Rials per injured athlete in soccer. Mean cost of injury in men was significantly higher than women. Furthermore, there was a significant difference between ages category cost of injury. According to the results, the mean cost of injury was about 2 million Rials per injured athlete. It was even more than the mean cost of traumas treated in hospital. In addition, the mean cost of 16000 Rials was reported for each insured athlete in soccer. It was about three times higher than the sport capitation of each student in Iran. These results suggest that prevention strategies are required to reduce the cost of athlete’s injuries, specially men and adults.