101 Weird Injury Stats

Everybody likes lists, and I’ve become interested in injury data, so today I’m going to attempt to give you ONE-HUNDRED AND ONE FORTY-THREE unbelievable and fascinating injury stats!

Some caveats before we begin: I only have access to data that’s public on the web, there’s a lot of junk so in some cases I’ve disregarded data that doesn’t seem to add up, and I’ve avoided including career-ending (or indeed life-ending) injuries and illnesses in individual stats, although they will show up in aggregate stats.

I should also point out that I am not a doctor, so I am not going to attempt to group injuries together in sensible ways beyond what’s absolutely obvious. I literally do not know what the knee bone is connected to. Do knees even have bones? What are bones? I don’t know, I only have data and find the human body disgusting. Let’s move on:

  1. Most injuries suffered by a player: 41, Franck Ribéry
  2. Most injuries suffered by a team: 409, Werder Bremen
  3. Longest individual injury: 1064 days, Shaun Barker
  4. Most days spent injured: 1568, Tufan Tosunoğlu
  5. Most days lost by a team to injuries: 15482, Werder Bremen
  6. Most injured body part: Knee, 2694+
  7. Shortest average injury: contused laceration, 4 days
  8. Longest average injury: fractured tibia and fibula, 246 days
  9. Shortest recovery time from fractured tibia and fibula: 44 days, Jan Fitschen
  10. Shortest recovery time from fractured tibia and fibula that I can check by Googling: 128 days, Neil McCann
  11. Longest recovery time from fractured tibia and fibula: 807 days, Christian Muller
  12. Most games lost in total across all leagues to an injury: 34366, Cruciate ligament rupture
  13. Most recurrences of same injury: 10, Tim Petersen, Knee injury
  14. Most different types of injury suffered: 33, Sven Bender
  15. Number of times I’ve got worried I’m not going to get to 101: 1
  16. Most injuries by league since 2012/13: 1081, German Bundesliga
  17. Least injuries by league: 231, French Ligue 1
  18. Most games lost to injury by league: 8954, English Premier League
  19. Least games lost to injury by league: 1569, French Ligue 1
  20. Most days lost to injury by league: 58457, English Premier League
  21. Least days lost to injury by league: 10201, French Ligue 1
  22. Most injuries suffered by a team in a single season: 79, Werder Bremen, 2008/9
  23. Most games lost to injury by a team in a single season: 294, Werder Bremen, 2008/9
  24. Least games lost to injury by a team in a single season: 6, Montpellier, 2011 (not entirely sure I trust the data)
  25. Most injuries suffered by an EPL team: 266, Arsenal
  26. Most games lost to injury by an EPL team: 2184, Arsenal
  27. Most games missed by an EPL player: 250, Abou Diaby
  28. Most different players injured: 85, Arminia Bielefeld
  29. Most different players injured in a single season: 30, AC Milan, 2011/12
  30. Most different players suffering same injury: 28, Austria Vienna, Illness
  31. Biggest outbreak of illness or flu at a club: 11 players, Austria Vienna, 2009
  32. Most different players suffering same injury in a single season: 13, Dundee Utd, Knee injury, 2014/15
  33. Most seasons a team has experienced the same injury: 10, Arsenal, Thigh problems
  34. Number of players relapsing within 1 game: 32, e.g. Vincent Kompany
  35. Longest time between relapses: 2732 days, Leighton Baines, Malleolar injury, 2007 & 2015
  36. Number of people who believed I would actually be able to come up with 101 of these: 0
  37. Fewest games missed for a title-winner: 6, Manchester City, 2011/12
  38. Most games missed for a title-winner: 351, Bayern Munich, 2014/15
  39. Most games missed or a relegated team: 318, Queens Park Rangers, 2014/15
  40. Fewest games missed for a relegated team: 40, Blackburn rovers, 2011/12
  41. Highest coefficient of variation among injury layoffs (10 or more incidences): 302.5%, Pneumonia
  42. Lowest coefficient of variation among injury layoffs:  37.8%, Cruciate ligament surgery
  43. R2 of career games missed to challenges (tackles, aerials, take ons): 0.0128

Okay, so, ran out of steam a bit and I think I’ve tweaked my anterior SQL ligament. If you are not satiated and have any particular stat requests, just ask on Twitter. I will of course be attempting to do some more serious work with this stuff in the coming weeks, but I just wanted to see what the data look like.

In the meantime, sort yourselves out Arsenal and Werder Bremen, you need to learn what serious pain is.

101 Weird Injury Stats

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