FIFA 11+: Reducing injuries in soccer players
Soccer is the most played sport worldwide, with around 400 million players. Most injuries occur in the lower limbs particularly ankle sprains, knee ligament sprains & pulled hamstring. The majority of these injuries occur within the first 15 minutes of the game and are mainly attributed to poor warm-up, muscle fatigue and imbalance.
FIFA 11+ injury prevention program was developed to address the injuries. It includes 15 exercises following a specific sequence for a total of 20 minutes. The program should be done at least twice a week for over 10-12 weeks to optimise benefits and results.
Total sample size of 6,344 players were split into intervention group or control group
Intervention group had 779 injuries
Control group 1,219
The FIFA 11+ program is an effective injury prevention program. It has shown to reduce injury occurrences by 30%
The study also highlights the importance of qualified trainers or professionals monitoring the program to maintain effectiveness.
Sadigurskly et al. (2017) The FIFA 11+ injury prevention program for soccer players: a systematic review