News Reporting of Injury Prevalence in Football: A Study of Selected Nigerian Online Newspapers

© Media Watch 11 (2) 323-336, 2020

ISSN 0976-0911 | E-ISSN 2249-8818

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2020/v11i2/195652


News Reporting of Injury Prevalence in Football: 

A Study of Selected Nigerian Online Newspapers


Isyaku Hassan1, Rabiu Muazu Musa2, Mohd. Nazri Latiff Azmi3

Mohamad Razali Abdullah4, & Ahmad Taufik Hidayah Abdullah5

1,3,4,5University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia

2Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia


Despite the importance of football as an effective means of developing physical activity and fitness, routine data of football-related injuries are either inadequate or underreported, particularly in Nigeria. To develop an understanding of the football-related injuries and determine the prospects for prevention, logical and useful information specifying the occurrence of these incidents is necessary. Using a content analysis of 94 football-related news articles, this study identified the most commonly reported football-related injuries in Nigerian newspapers and determined their extent of coverage from agenda-setting perspectives. Altogether, five national newspapers with the highest readership and online popularity were selected using purposive sampling. Only football-related news articles were collected from the respective websites of the newspapers using internet-based searches between January 2015 and September 2019.The findings showed thatknee, ankle, and hamstring are the most commonly affected locations in football-related injuries according to the news reports.This study shows that media-based analysis of football-related injuries could supplement other methods, such as prospective and retrospective analyses, particularly in the Nigerian context.


Keywords: Agenda-setting, football, health promotion, injury, news coverage, sports, Nigeria




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Isyaku Hassan (Ph.D., Univeristi Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia, 2018) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. Dr. Isyaku designs, organizes and conducts specialized lectures and workshops on academic writing and software for qualitative data analysis in the Faculty of Languages and Communication, UniSZA. His area of research interest includes media and religion, cultural communication, health communication, and literary analysis.

Rabiu Muazu Musa (Ph.D.,Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia, 2018) is currently a Sports Science lecturer at the Centre for Fundamental and Liberal Education, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia. Dr. Rabiu is an active researcher in the area of sport performance analysis, health promotion, exercise science, as well as sports communication. 

Mohd Nazri Latiff Azmi (Ph.D., International Islamic University, Malaysia, 2010) is an Associate Professor of English Language in the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. Dr. Nazri specializes in literacy and comparative literature studies.

Mohamad Razali Abdullah (Ph.D.Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Sports Science at East Coast Environmental Research Institute, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. Dr. Razali has been actively involved in several research activities in the area of motor control, sports biomechanics, motor performance as well as media and communication in sports. 

Ahmad Taufik Hidayah Abdullah (Ph.D., Univeristi Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia, 2018) teaches English Language in the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. Dr. Taufik has a keen interest in research activities particularly in the area of public speaking, language literacy, error analysis,   literary analysis, as well as communication studies.