Sideline Sports Doc: Consider FIFA 11+ warmup program to reduce injuries

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03 Mar Sideline Sports Doc: Consider FIFA 11+ warmup program to reduce injuries

Editor’s note: This article by Dev Mishra, M.D. (president of Sideline Sports Doc) first appeared on SoccerAmerica. Sideline Sports Doc is advancing the Players First pillar of Player Health & Safety through resources that include an online injury recognition training course.

I’m a big believer in using warmup-based training programs as part of the overall effort to reduce the numbers of injuries in athletes. I’ve previously written about the FIFA 11+ and we include videos with support from Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in our Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course for coaches. The early evidence about the FIFA 11+ showed dramatic reductions in many types of lower extremity injuries in soccer with no downside.

Over time, additional positive evidence has surfaced. In Europe, the FIFA 11+ has been used in sports outside soccer such as basketball, and some new training methods have also been developed. A study published in September 2016 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine came to one solid conclusion: these training methods are effective in reducing injury rates for adolescent athletes in a variety of sports, and teams would be wise to implement one of these.

(UPDATE – March 8: Here is a video of the FIFA 11+ warmup.)

Read the entire article on SoccerAmerica’s Youth Soccer Insider.