New international research study shows 11+ warm-up program reduces injuries by 50 percent

New international research study shows 11+ warm-up program reduces injuries by 50 percent

A new research study conducted by sports scientists at the University of Basel in Switzerland reports that the 11+ warm-up program reduced soccer injuries in youth players by about 50 percent.

A total of 3,895 players between the ages of 7 and 13 from 243 teams in Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and Czechia participated in the study. The 11+, formerly known as FIFA 11+, consists of basic exercises that take 20 minutes to complete. The warm-up is recommended at least twice per week before regular practice begins.

“While the control group went about their training as normal, the intervention group warmed up regularly with the special 11 + program,” noted an article in EurekAlert!, a science-based source. “After one soccer season, the injury rate of the team that followed the program was 48 percent lower than the control group, while the rate of severe injury fell by as much as 74 percent.”

The 11+ program has been a Players First partner since Players First launched in August 2015. Member clubs around the country have implemented the warm-up into their routines, including Aztec Soccer (Ma.), which has experienced positive results first-hand.


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