Soccer in Rwanda exposes soccer players to the risk of injury warranting a need for medical coverage
at both training and competitive sessions. This study aims to identify the prevalence, period of injury
occurrence, and severity of common soccer injuries among the 1st and 2nd division soccer teams in
A cross-sectional retrospective quantitative study design was used. Simple random sampling, clustered
within teams, was used to get a sample of this study. During sample selection, the random order was
determined using the random number generator in Microsoft Excel. Data for soccer players was
gathered, using a close-ended questionnaire. The data from soccer players were captured and analyzed
with the Microsoft Excel package.
The study revealed 68.1 % injury prevalence with a significantly high rate of injuries occurring during
training (p< 0.005). Most of the training injuries were moderate followed by major, minor and severe
injuries while most injuries during competition were major-moderate, followed by severe-minor.
The prevalence, period of injury occurrence and severity of injuries in Rwanda indeed warrants medical
coverage as a first preventive strategy.