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By Andy Coghlan HERE is a sobering message for footballers launching themselves into a new soccer season: an overactive sex life could give you a career-threatening injury. A study obtained by New Scientist suggests that players are especially prone to arthritic knee injuries triggered by sexually transmitted bacteria. The study, a masters dissertation completed by Paul Oyudo when he was a student at Queen Mary and Westfield College in London, analyses the cases of ten sportsmen with persistent knee injuries. Of the ten, six were footballers and five of these played in the Premiership, England’s top soccer league. The study was made available by John King, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the London Independent Hospital. King, who is president of the British Sports Doctors Association, hopes to make footballers aware of the risk to their careers posed by frequent unprotected sex. While most footballers’ injuries are sustained on the field of play, the cases studied by Oyudo involved sexually acquired reactive arthritis, or SARA. It is triggered by the same bacteria that cause nonspecific urethritis, an inflammation of the urethra. In eight of the ten cases reviewed by Oyudo, the sportsmen clearly had nonspecific urethritis. Three had cloudy discharges in their urine and two tested positive for Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterium implicated as a cause of SARA. Whether the sportsmen revealed the full extent of their sexual activities to their doctors is unclear, but five of them admitted having had more than 11 sexual partners in their lifetime. Only about one in four British men in their mid-twenties reports having had this many partners. “The level of promiscuity among these sportsmen calls for concern,” Oyudo wrote. “Footballers appear to be the greatest culprits.” Previous studies have shown that SARA is most prevalent among men aged between 18 and 34. Frequent travellers and entertainers are most at risk. “Sportsmen fall well within this group,” Oyodo wrote, adding that footballers have more sexual opportunities than most: “[They] are very rich and have lots of spare time.” On average, each of the five Premiership footballers had spent eight months struggling with their knee injury before being diagnosed with SARA. With top-flight players’ wages running to more than £10 000 per week, losses for football clubs soar if stars are injured. Oyudo estimated that clubs lose nearly £500 000 for each player who develops this condition. The disease is difficult to diagnose. Sufferers usually have eye and urethral irritations, as well as tender, swollen joints. A test that measures the speed at which red blood cells settle out of a blood sample helps doctors to make a diagnosis. This occurs faster in infected individuals. A spokesman for the Football Association says that young players are routinely given “general sex education”,