FSI Football Science Update


Revisiting the effect of team passion displayed during national anthems on subsequent success: A replication and extension.

Manley H(1), Savejnarong T(1), Pornsukjantra P(1), Bunditanukul M(1), Sasipongsakorn N(1).

Eur J Sport Sci. 2022 Dec 30:1-8. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2022.2152731. Online ahead of print.

This paper replicates Slater et al. (2018. Singing it for “us”: Team passion displayed during national anthems is associated with subsequent success. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(4), 541-549. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2018.1431311) using a larger sample of matches from the FIFA World Cup (n = 415) finding no evidence that anthem passion was a reliable predictor of performance outcomes (i.e. match outcome, goals scored/conceded, fouls, bookings, possession).


Median Time to Return to Sports After Concussion Is Within 21 Days in 80% of Published Studies.

Wait TJ(1), Eck AG(2), Loose T(3), Drumm A(4), Kolaczko JG(5), Stevanovic O(5), Boublik M(5).

Arthroscopy. 2022 Nov 26:S0749-8063(22)00773-3. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2022.11.029. Online ahead of print.

This systematic review of 65 studies with a total of 21,966 patients found that the return to play RTP time from concussion ranged from 1 to 1,820 days, with 80.7% of the median RTP within 21 days. Pre-concussion risk factors for prolonged RTP included female sex, younger age, presence of psychiatric disorders, and history of previous concussion. Post-concussion risk factors included severe symptom scores at initial clinic visit, loss of consciousness, nonelite athletes, and delayed removal from competition.


The perception of injury risk and prevention among football players: A systematic review.

Cardoso-Marinho B(1)(2)(3)(4), Barbosa A(5)(6), Bolling C(7), Marques JP(1)(8), Figueiredo P(1)(9)(10), Brito J(1).

Front Sports Act Living. 2022 Dec 7;4:1018752. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2022.1018752. eCollection 2022.

This systematic review of 14 studies about perceptions, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge toward injury risk and prevention strategies in football players found that most football players agreed that their risk of injury is high and prevention strategies are important, however they do not intend to use some of these strategies. The most frequent perceived injury risk factors were low muscle strength, lack of physical fitness, fatigue, excessive training and type and condition of surfaces. The most frequent perceived injury prevention factors were warm-up, workload monitoring and strength and conditioning training.