Background: Sports injuries have highlighted in studies involving football. It has long been the football assistant referee would be susceptible to the same types of injuries players.
However, recent studies have shown that injuries affect the assistant referees are in situations and different local than the players. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the situations
and places where the assistant referees to the south and south-east regions suffer injuries.
Methods: The assistant referees were all evaluated during the preseason in their respective federation. To collect the data we used a semi-structured questionnaire, applied through
interviews by an experienced researcher. The questionnaire used was proposed by Paes et al. (2011). The questions were standardized in order to accurately characterize the activities related to
refereeing only account for sports injuries. So just were considered the sports injuries occurred in three situations previously defined: during a football match, during physical training or during
the physical tests applied by the federations or the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), for the assistant referee’s physical evaluation. The injuries occurred outside that these three situations
were discarded. The study population consisted of 74 male assistant referees accredited by the Paulista Football Federation (FPF) and Gaucho Football Federation (FGF). The sample consisted of 32
assistant referees by FPF, mean age 34 ± 4.8 years, height 1.75 ± 0.08 m and weight of 73 ± 8.6 kg. Already the 42 Gauchos assistant referees evaluated showed a mean age of 30 ± 7.1 years, height 1.77
± 0.06 m and weight of 77 ± 9.3 kg.
Results: From the entire sample, 37 assistant referees report suffered some type of sports injury in one of the situations described above. Of these, 16 occurred with FPF and 21 with
FGF assistant referees. Of the 53 injuries identified, 68% (n = 36) occurred during training, 15% (n = 8) during the physical test and 17% (n = 9) during the game. The types of injuries were 56% (n =
30) strain, 32% (n = 17) sprains, 6% (n = 3) dislocation, 4% (n = 2) fracture and 2% (n = 1) contusion.
Conclusions: For these data, it can be concluded that football assistant referees some are injured when they are refereeing a football match, and more frequent occurrence of physical
injuries during physical training. Therefore, the associations should be responsible for the provision of training programs for assistant referees, with specialized professionals, this could help
minimize the appearance of injuries over the years, as the assistant referees can act in this sport until 45 years of so that thus they would be less exposed to injury occurrence in the three