Being a big football fan, it has been great to see the Olyroos’ and Matilda’s performing on the big stage in Tokyo.
What’s even more special is my role with Football Australia as a Physio across several of their national team programs, I am acutely aware of what it takes to prepare the players to be ready and available for the Olympics.
There is a saying in professional sport “the best ability is availability” and this statement rings true when talking about injury prevention for your child.
Injury prevention is the holy grail of sports medicine and there is nothing worse than a player sustaining an injury that leads to them not being available to compete, perform and play in all the things they want to do.
Here at Excell Physiotherapy we are big on addressing the underlying cause of your injury and promoting players to do all the right things to minimise the injury occurring in the first place.
There has been a lot of research around injury prevention programs and its positive effect. A review of the research found that the implementation of a football specific injury prevention program (FIFA 11+) has been shown to decrease injuries in both males and females over the age of 13 years old by 30-70%!! Other studies have also added that FIFA 11+ program can also reduce those serious injuries that result in players needing time away from football by 28.6%.
As you can see there is incredible benefits in doing injury prevention exercises and most recently Football Australia have released a comprehensive, specific, and free injury prevention program “Football Australia Perform +”.
The added advantage is that it requires no equipment. This can be done during warmups and takes anywhere between 5-10mins 2-3x a week to complete.
The program has been developed using the same injury prevention programs that were used in the studies above which showed a significant impact on reducing injuries.
I have attached a link to the full program, and this is a program that I strongly recommend for all players involved in football to complete on a regular basis. This will ensure you minimise the risk of injury and maximise your child’s potential in being available to continue playing at highest the level.
If you have any questions or want further information regarding injury prevention for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07 3395 7155 where we will be happy to assist.
Sadigursky, D., Braid, J.A., De Lira, D.N.L. et al. (2017). The FIFA 11+ injury prevention program for soccer players: a systematic review. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil 9, 18
Silvers-Granelli, H., Mandelbaum, B., Adeniji, O., Insler, S., Bizzini, M., Pohlig, R., Junge, A., Snyder-Mackler, L., & Dvorak, J. (2015). Efficacy of the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program in the Collegiate Male Soccer Player. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 43(11), 2628–2637.
Thorborg K, Krommes KK, Esteve E, et al (2017). Effect of specific exercise-based football injury prevention programmes on the overall injury rate in football: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the FIFA 11 and 11+ programmes. British Journal of Sports Medicine