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Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

Facing injury problems? Follow our comprehensive guide to best arm yourself with in-depth insight that will enable you to fight injuries off and give your team the comparative advantage. Freshly written for FM 2015.

By on Dec 19, 2014   195701 views   1 comments
Football Manager Guides - Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

Intensity of training schedules

Written by wellsy1498

Let’s look at how training affects players’ fitness. If you choose training to be more intense, the players’ condition will get decreased and this could lead to more injuries on or off the pitch. It is a simple rule but not so simple when trying to strike a balance.

Pre-season is the key to increasing the endurance of your players for the marathon ahead. This is critical in getting the players’ fitness levels right before a new season and can save you from seeing several of your players getting injured when you need them the most. During the off-season (all of) your players will either go on holiday or be taking part in international tournaments. This means that when they return your players will have a much lower condition and match fitness.

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So during this time it is very important to make sure your players are physically ready for the new season. The more physically prepared your players are, the less likely they are to receive fitness based injuries, e.g muscle strains, pulls or tears. When pre-season starts you want all of your players to be focused on fitness training at a very high intensity until about two weeks before the new season is about to kick off. If players are still not ready, then you can adjust their personal training until they are ready; this way they should be able to safely catch up with the rest of the squad in timely manner.

At the end of the season you will also get a reminder asking how long you want pre-season to last. A longer pre-season will ensure that player attributes will not drop as much. However, if you select a shorter pre-season, your players will be more jaded and be more likely to pick up injuries later on. You will also need your players to play pre-season friendlies to get their match fitness to a good standard. Around two (2) fixtures per week should be good enough to improve the players match fitness at sufficient levels. In fact, you could also arrange friendlies during regular season to help those players who need to catch up with their match fitness.

I would say fitness training in the first couple of weeks is necessary. My first season of FM15 was with Manchester United and I had a very difficult period with 8-13 injured first team players until December. On my second season I used the first two week of the pre-season training focused more on fitness and less on tactics and I didn't encounter this kind of problem. During regular season, switch to an average amount of training intensity once your players become familiar enough with your tactics.
Християн Митрев

I have been playing as many friendlies as possible during season time to keep fringe players match fit and help develop my best youth players playing against first team players. This also help generate a lot of money for lower league teams. Arranging friendlies for your U21 side is also good for making extra cash, but it just takes forever to get through a season!
Andrew Jackson

Points to take away:
  • pre-season training is key to avoiding injuries later on
  • focus on fitness training for two weeks during pre-season
  • switch to an average amount of training intensity during regular season

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Discussion: Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

1 comments have been posted so far.

  • Nyemasanya's avatar
    there are three (or four) more fundamental factors:

    1, match instruction: "Get stuck in" - the stonger your player tackle the opposition the bigger the chance that he will hurt himself too.
    2. individual opposition tackling instruction: "Hard" - the more opposition players are set to be tackled hard the more injuries your own players will pick up. Especially if you consider that the more attacking the position is usually the worse the tackling ability of the player is. I do not ask my midfilders and wingers to tackle opp. midfilders/wingers hard any more and their injuries substantially decreased.
    3, level of fitness coaching: higher aerobic coaching helps to prevent injuries to occur.

    and depending on how do you interpret what is already written in the article (was it aimed only at pre-season or not):
    4, general training level during season: setting it higher (i.e. above average) increases the likelyhood of getting injured in training
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