The new season is here.  Are you or your kids ready to perform at their best? Extensive research done by FIFA shows that there are around 15-20 injuries for every 1000 hours of game time in players over 15 with the bulk of injuries (up to 90%!) occurring in the lower extremities!

So how can these injuries be prevented? Through countless hours of research and trials FIFA developed an amazing injury prevention program called FIFA 11+ to address this issue. FIFA 11+ is a complete warmup program designed to reduce injuries of 10 exercises that you would do pre-match to make sure your body is in its best state to do all the movements necessary for football. The program has been shown to have a 35% reduction in ALL injuries in the players who have high compliance to this program! Not only did FIFA 11+ reduce injuries but its been shown that the players performed better as well! What a great program!

Baseline fitness is a key indicator to preventing injuries and if you need any assistance following the FIFA 11+ protocol don’t hesitate to ask any of the therapists at Back To Health Physiotherapy. They can set you up and make sure you are on track to staying injury free on the pitch!

Reference: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/11/11986

Barengo NC, Meneses-Echávez JF, Ramírez-Vélez R, Cohen DD, Tovar G, Bautista JEC. The Impact of the FIFA 11+ Training Program on Injury Prevention in Football Players: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(11):11986-12000.

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