Sydney tops injury league table
The injury list ladder shows Sydney have so far suffered 50 percent more lost weeks through injury than the second worst team - 92 to Perth Glory's 63 - and more individual injuries than any other club - 19 to Adelaide United's 17.
On average they had almost five players missing through injury every round, compared to 3.3 for second worst club Perth Glory, with Sydney players missing 19.3% of A-League games.
At the other end of the scale Melbourne Victory had by far the best record on injuries, with just 14 games missed from only six injuries.
The findings from the first 19 rounds of the season show a reversal of the improving trend of the past two seasons and now PFA general manager Adam Vivian has said the players' union will launch a campaign for site inspections as part of a package to deal with problem.
These measures are set to include training players in Occupational Health & Safety Law, appointing OH&S experts at every club, increased negotiations with Football Federation Australia medical staff and using experts to examine injury rates, their nature and the associated recovery times.
Vivian admitted the spike came as a surprise after the new Collective Bargaining Agreement standards had seen a reduction in A-League injuries in recent seasons.
“The PFA wishes to ensure that its members have access to a safe working environment and these findings raise questions as to whether the ‘Minimum Medical Standards’ are being complied with or are inadequate,”said Vivian.
"The PFA sees workplace inspections and additional measures as necessary due to increasing feedback from players expressing concern with the management of player health, safety and injury within the club environment.
“If games missed through injury carries on at the current rate it will exceed last seasons total by more than 25 per cent.
“The scale of the problem has been highlighted on several occasions throughout the season where we have seen clubs unable to call on 30 per cent of their playing squad due to injury.
“It has also become common place for some clubs to have on average 20 per cent of their playing squad unavailable each week.
“In a salary capped environment, where there are also restrictions on squad sizes, missing a considerable amount of your playing squad has a significant impact on clubs both economically and on their performances on the pitch."