Injury Statistics

SUMMARY OF SPECTATORS’ INJURY STATISTICS

Background

At the end of each season as part of the licence application, we ask all the Premier and Football League clubs and international grounds to provide details of the number of spectators treated for injuries at football matches at their grounds.

For the purpose of this summary an injury is classed as a wound or trauma, hurt or harm, usually applied to damage inflicted on a body by an external force.  Illnesses are by their nature excluded.  Pre-existing injuries are also discounted from the returns as the summary primarily focuses on spectators’ injuries occurring within the curtilage of the ground on match day.

 

Summary of Findings

  • The number of reported spectator injuries for 2015/16 season was 963, a 3% decrease from the 1001 reported in 2014/15.
  • The reported overall injury ratio per spectator was one injury per 36,155 spectators. This represents an improvement on the one injury per 34,234 spectators for 2014/15.
  • The total number of injured spectators reported taken to hospital was 55, compared with 60 in the previous season. 
  • Overall most injuries were minor and were treated by the sports ground medical team. The highest category, as in previous years, was injuries resulting from trips, slips and falls.

Summary of Returns

 

 

Total spectators treated for injuries

Taken to hospital

Attendance

1 injury per

Premier

2014/15

367

17

17,011,850

46,354

2015/16

347

16

17,859,582

51,468

 

 

 

 

 

 

Championship

2014/15

330

20

10,110,295

30,637

2015/16

319

17

9,516,708

29,832

 

 

 

 

 

 

League 1

2014/15

160

9

4,404,649

27,529

2015/16

151

11

4,426,444

29,314

 

 

 

 

 

 

League 2

2014/15

144

14

2,741,415

19,038

2015/16

146

11

3,015,371

20,653

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

2014/15

1001

60

34,268,209

34,234

2015/16

963

55

34,818,105

36,155

Summary of Findings

 

A chart displaying the the ratio of injuries per spectator during the last 5 years

 

A chart displaying the cause of injuries suffered by spectators at designated sports grounds in 2015-16

A chart displaying the cause of injuries suffered by spectators at designated sports grounds in 2015-16