FM21 INJURY TIPSThe average team will suffer between 50 and 70 first-team injuries per season, which, for a 25-man squad, means an average of 2.5 injuries per player.
Players are no more susceptible to acquiring injuries during training than they are during a match. The underlying cause is typically more important than the incident in which it occurred.
Your training schedule will have a considerable impact on your players' susceptibility to injury. Pay particular attention to their workload and heed the advice of your backroom staff where they have concerns.
The vast majority of injuries last fewer than 28 days, with more than half of those resulting in absences of less than a week.
Your playing style will have an impact on the likelihood of players becoming injured. The more you ask them to do, and the greater the intensity at which you ask them to do it, the higher the risk is of them suffering some misfortune.
A player in the 'Red Zone' is at an enhanced risk of becoming injured through over-use. These players should be considered for immediate rest until they are at a more appropriate fitness level to resume playing.
Your training schedules should be appropriate for different times during the year. Pre-season schedules can afford to be heavier in order to achieve readiness for the first game of the season, but in-season schedules should take into account the demands of the fixture list and the ongoing physical condition of your players.
There is a fine balance to be achieved when rotating your squad. Players require both adequate rest and enough playing time for suitable match sharpness, and careful forward planning can help ensure a fit and available squad for the long-term.
There will be times when you will curse your lack of luck on the injury front. Make sure you check the Injury Table on the Competition screen to see how other teams fare in the same situation.
A player with an increasing chance of being injured will become increasingly visible to you, primarily through physio reports and their player profile. Careful management of their situations can reduce the long-term damage done to both them and to your chances of success.
Some injuries, whilst contributing towards the overall total for your team, can be played through via the use of protective equipment at little risk of the player suffering further for doing so. Consider using this option where available and affordable.
Specialist treatment for more severe injuries will typically reduce the player's time on the sidelines significantly. It comes at a premium cost but can be highly worthwhile.
Make sure a player is eased back into regular playing time when returning from a long-term injury. Use your reserve and developmental teams to slowly build up his fitness before allowing him to play 90 minutes.
Ensure, where possible, that a player isn't thrust into playing after a long spell out of the team. A player who is both physically fit and match sharp stands a better chance of playing well and avoiding injury at the same time.
A competent and comprehensive medical department will considerably help injury prevention and rehabilitation. Use their expertise and knowledge to help you make informed decisions about your players.
Injury Susceptibility reflects a combination of factors, including Injury Proneness, injury history, Physical Condition and Training, to give an assessment of a player's current likelihood of injury.
Areas associated with injuries, like a player's Body Status, are overseen by Physiotherapists.
Serious or Career-Threatening Injuries can affect a player's Bravery, but they may be able to recover from it eventually.
Hamstring, Knee Ligament and Achilles injuries can affect a player's Pace and Acceleration, either in the short-term or on a permanent basis.
Injuries affecting the spine or the shoulders can affect a player's agility, either in the short-term or on a permanent basis.
If a player suffers a serious injury, his attributes could decrease as a result of both the severity of the injury and time spent on the sidelines.