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Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

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By on Dec 19, 2014   195154 views   1 comments
Football Manager Guides - Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

Protecting your injury prone players

Written by Josh_MU

In every football team, you have those players who are more liable to picking up injuries, making match preparation much harder for you as you will be limited to which players you can select. If your best player is injury prone they are likely to miss out more often, making games much harder to manage. This gets even worse if many players from one position are injury prone as you could be facing several injuries which forces you to pick players who play elsewhere to fill in for that particular position.

But what if your star players are somewhat injury prone? Well there is one way around them getting injured, and that is by protecting them. What do I mean by protecting them? Well it's another term for giving them a rest or making them work less on the training ground. To protect them, you should put down the intensity of their training regime as then they are less likely to pick up an injury whilst training. Although they may not be working as hard as you like, it could prove the difference in keeping them fit for the more important games of the season.

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Furthermore, taking them off the pitch if they pick up a little knock, even in the bigger games as you could be preventing them from picking up a more serious or lengthier injury. Also if they have recently come back from injury, you should give them a few more days rest until they are fully match fit to play them, as playing them too soon could aggravate their injury again.

Another factor you should consider when trying to protect your injury prone players would be being careful how you set their opposition instructions as this determines what kind of roles they will be playing against certain players. If you set one of your injury prone players to tackle hard against a player on the other team, this increases the chances of your player getting injured as they will be more committed in their challenge making it more likely that they will come out worse. You should only set this instruction if you really need to close down a player on the opposite team otherwise you could be seeing more players in the treatment room than you would have liked.

Taking these short but vital steps could really make a big difference in your season, whether it's keeping your star player injury free or a few players from the same position fit; you should always take precaution when having players who are more injury prone than others.

Points to take away:
  • put down the intensity of training regime for injury prone players
  • take them off the pitch if they pick up a little knock
  • be careful how you set their opposition instructions

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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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