Men twice as likely to fake it as women
Modern footballers, justifiably, get a hard time from fans for playing like a bunch of big girl’s blouses.
August 1st, 2011
Modern footballers, justifiably, get a hard time from fans for playing like a bunch of big girl’s blouses. It seems that even the slightest change in breeze is enough to send top footballers to the floor, rolling around in agony and demanding a yellow card for anyone in the vicinity.
Well it seems that, thanks to science and stuff, we now have confirmation that male footballers do play like a bunch of girls, with research finding that they are twice as likely to feign or “simulate” injury than their female counterparts.
The medical journal Research in Sports Medicine recently published a study after asking researchers to sift through the tapes of 47 games from 2 tournaments to identify incidents in which a player behaved as if he or she was injured.
Using criteria such as whether the player could continue, whether they were covered in blood or if a stretcher was called for, the injuries vs. “injury simulations” were then ranked based on plausibility.
The findings were that apparent injury incidents for women are much less frequent than for men, occurring at a rate of 5.74 per match as compared to 11.26 per men’s match whilst the proportion of apparent injuries that the researchers considered to be “definite” was nearly twice as high for women, 13.7%, as compared to 7.2% for men.
Interestingly, the researchers also found that questionable injuries ”were not associated with team success”.
“While it was difficult to know for certain if a player had a true injury or was faking or embellishing, we found that only 13.7 per cent of apparent injuries met our definition for a ‘definite’ injury, claimed Researcher Daryl Rosenbaum.
“Also consider that we saw six apparent injuries per match in the 2007 Women’s World Cup but team physicians from the tournament reported only 2.3 injuries per match, so it looks like there may be some simulation in the women’s game.”