Football Manager 2017 – Injury Control

Injuries are understandably the a major frustration for Football Manager (FM) players. Football Manager 2017 has recently been released are there has been comments regarding the amount of injuries that occur in the game. In this post, we shall list numerous ways in which you can limit the amount of injuries that occur in your squad.

Training Intensity

We have previously written about training intensity and injury occurrence – READ HERE

There are many factors that should be taken into account when selecting training intensity and one of those is the matter of potential injuries. Depending on how you approach training at different stages of season, there may well be a certain time when a lot of injuries occur. During pre-season, it is recommended that training intensity is set to high or very high to prepare your players for the upcoming season.

This however should be done with a lot of consideration of the players in your squad. Setting training intensity to high or very high will for players that are injury prone be a massive risk. We strongly recommend that you monitor your training intensity, especially if numerous injuries are occurring during pre-season.

Pre-Season Friendlies

We have already alluded to pre-season. In the past, we have witnessed numerous FM players organise a plethora of pre-season friendlies. Whilst this can be an effective approach, it should be an approach that takes your squad into consideration.

There are numerous things that should be considered when organising pre-season friendlies including: team ability, team type, match location, player condition and more! If you are going to organise loads of friendlies then we recommend that you rotate your squad, give youth a chance, make sure that substitutions are used effectively. The type of team that you play in a friendly should also be considered. Whilst it can be hard to check the style of play for every single team on Football Manager, it should be taken into account. If you organise to play a physical team you should be prepared for the consequences. In basic terms, more injuries occur by more physical teams.

Player Rotation

A football season is, on the face of it long and hard as such, it is advised to apply a rotation system when selecting player during the busy stage of the season. We advise that you check match schedule and pick out the important matches. Obviously, you are going to want your top player available for the important matches, so select your team’s based around that fact. Planning ahead with team selection can be key in avoiding injuries. 

Pitch Condition

The condition of the pitch that your players play on can have a detrimental effect on the amount injuries that occur. We advise that you check the condition of the pitch your players are about to play on and then consider the style of play you are going to ask your players to employ. A poor pitch might mean that the pitch is muddy or in sporty terms heavy. A heavy pitch can cause numerous injuries so it is advised that you use a style of play that will see you players working within the limitations of the pitch.

Club Coaches

An obvious one this, the better your medical staff the quicker your players will recover from injuries. The staff members your need to consider here are: fitness coaches and physios.

Having good fitness coaches will mean that the fitness coaching that takes place are your club will ensure that your players are kept fit enough throughout the season. Good physios enables your players to get back to full fitness quicker following an injury.

Though a physio does not ensure that your players avoid injuries, your head physio will provide you will valuable information before a game. Potentially the most important piece of information provided are fitness tests. These can be seen in your inbox before a game. Fitness tests are taken by players that have recently returned from injury. After the fitness test you are provided with a report with recommendations on whether the selected player should play or not, if able to play the head physio will recommend how long in a selected game the the player should play for. This information should be duly adhered to, failing to follow the advise could cause further injuries to the player in question.

Squad Size

The size of your squad can also have an effect on the amount of injuries that occur. Having a big squad could possible see less injuries occur if you rotate your players effectively. Having a small squad may mean that you have to delve into your youth team to prevent your players from injuring themselves due to lack fitness.

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