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Carlos Pomares-Noguera, Francisco Ayala, Francisco Javier Robles-Palazón, Juan F Alomoto-Burneo, Alejandro López-Valenciano, José L L Elvira, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez, Mark De Ste Croix
Objective: To analyze the training effects of the FIFA 11+ kids on several parameters of physical performance in male youth football players. Materials and methods: Twenty-three youth players were randomized within each team into two groups (control vs. intervention). The intervention group performed the FIFA 11+ kids programme 2 times a week for 4 weeks; the control groups completed their normal warm-up routines. Thirteen physical performance measures {range of motion (hip, knee, and ankle joints), dynamic postural control (measured throughout the Y balance test), 20 m sprint time, slalom dribble with a ball, agility, vertical jumping height [counter movement jump (CMJ) and drop jump (DJ)], horizontal jump distance, accuracy when volleying a ball [measured throughout the Wall Volley test]} were assessed...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Timothy J H Lathlean, Paul B Gastin, Stuart V Newstead, Caroline F Finch
OBJECTIVES: To describe the incidence, prevalence, severity, mechanism and body region of injuries in elite junior Australian football (AF) players over one competitive season in order to help inform injury prevention interventions. DESIGN: Prospective cohort, data collected during the 2014 playing season. METHODS: Player and staff-reported injuries sustained by 562 players from an under-18 state league were entered into an online sports injury surveillance system...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Youngin Choi, Jungsuk Roh
[Purpose] The present study aimed to analyze and compare the activity profile and physiological responses of amateur football referees during competitive matches of high school and college students. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty referees (high school, 15; college, 15) were included in this study. The total distance covered, movement speed, and heart rate were measured using a global positioning system-enabled wireless heart rate monitor. The blood lactate concentration was measured immediately after the first and second half...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Cristian V Francavilla, Francesco Sessa, Monica Salerno, Giuseppe D Albano, Ines Villano, Giovanni Messina, Fabio Triolo, Lorenzo Todaro, Maria Ruberto, Gabriella Marsala, Orazio Cascio, Maria P Mollica, Vincenzo Monda, Giuseppe Cibelli, Anna Valenzano, Christian Zammit, Marcellino Monda, Antonietta Messina
Background: After long-term intensive training, considerable morphological and functional heart changes occur in professional athletes. Such changes arise progressively and regress upon interruption of the physical activity. Morphological and functional alterations on heart are known as "Athlete's heart" condition. Objective: This study aims to compare echocardiographic parameters in two different groups of professional athletes. Furthermore, a prospective study is performed analyzing the echocardiographic changes occurring in 12 professional players in 3 years of follow-up...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Alireza Esmaeili, Andrew M Stewart, William G Hopkins, George P Elias, Brendan H Lazarus, Amber E Rowell, Robert J Aughey
Aim: The sit and reach test (S&R), dorsiflexion lunge test (DLT), and adductor squeeze test (AST) are commonly used in weekly musculoskeletal screening for athlete monitoring and injury prevention purposes. The aim of this study was to determine the normal week to week variability of the test scores, individual differences in variability, and the effects of training load on the scores. Methods: Forty-four elite Australian rules footballers from one club completed the weekly screening tests on day 2 or 3 post-main training (pre-season) or post-match (in-season) over a 10 month season...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Jason McGahan, Con Burns, Seán Lacey, Tim Gabbett, Cian O' Neill
PURPOSE: This study investigated the positional running demands of elite Gaelic football players during match-play and compared these demands with typical training activities used to prepare players for competition. METHODS: Global positioning system (GPS) data was obtained from thirty elite Gaelic football players (26.9 ± 3.5 years, 182.8 ± 6.1 cm, 84.6 ± 8.1 kg) across a full season (13 competitive games and 78 training sessions). Only players who completed the full match and respective training sessions were included (n = 107 match files and n = 1,603 training files)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Felix Fischer, Christian Hoser, Cornelia Blank, Wolfgang Schobersberger, Caroline Hepperger, Peter Gföller, Christian Fink
PURPOSE AND HYPOTHESIS:  With its load characteristics, the team sport of football places high physical demands on players and thus is associated with a high risk of injury. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to collect information about injuries suffered by football players in Austria during training or matches to enable participating clubs to learn about injuries. METHODS:  One hundred and forty-five players from seven teams with age ranging from 16 to 38 years participated in this prospective study during the 2015/16 season...
March 12, 2018: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
Gary B Wilkerson, Ashish Gupta, Marisa A Colston
Sport injuries restrict participation, impose a substantial economic burden, and can have persisting adverse effects on health-related quality of life. The effective use of Internet of Things (IoT), when combined with analytics approaches, can improve player safety through identification of injury risk factors that can be addressed by targeted risk reduction training activities. Use of IoT devices can facilitate highly efficient quantification of relevant functional capabilities prior to sport participation, which could substantially advance the prevailing sport injury management paradigm...
March 12, 2018: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
Timothy J H Lathlean, Paul B Gastin, Stuart Newstead, Caroline F Finch
Well-developed physical qualities such as high jumping ability, running endurance, acceleration and speed can help aspiring junior elite Australian football (AF) players transition to the Australian Football League competition. In order to do so, players need to experience sufficient load in order to enhance their physical resilience without increasing their risk of negative outcomes in terms of impaired wellness or injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the differences in load for different levels of competition and training modes across one competitive season...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Mark Roe, Shane Malone, Eamonn Delahunt, Kieran Collins, Conor Gissane, Ulrik McCarthy Persson, John C Murphy, Catherine Blake
OBJECTIVE: Report eccentric knee flexor strength values of elite Gaelic football players from underage to adult level whilst examining the influence of body mass and previous hamstring injury. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Team's training facility. PARTICIPANTS: Elite Gaelic football players (n = 341) from under 14 years to senior age-grades were recruited from twelve teams. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Absolute (N) and relative (N·kg-1 ) eccentric hamstring strength as well as corresponding between-limb imbalances (%) were calculated for all players...
March 1, 2018: Physical Therapy in Sport
Ingunn Ludviksdottir, Hildur Hardardottir, Thorgerdur Sigurdardottir, Gudmundur F Ulfarsson
INTRODUCTION: Exercise can stress the pelvic floor muscles. Numerous women experience urinary incontinence while exercising or competing in sports. This study investigated pelvic floor muscle strength, urinary incontinence, and knowledge in contracting pelvic floor muscles among female athletes and untrained women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective case-control study measuring pelvic floor muscle strength using vaginal pressure meas-urement. Participants answered questions regarding general health, urinary incontinence, and knowledge on pelvic floor muscles...
2018: Læknablađiđ
Ben Macdonald, John O'Neill, Noel Pollock, Bas Van Hooren
Poor hamstring strength-endurance is a risk factor for hamstring injuries. This study investigated the effectiveness of the single-leg Roman hold and Nordic hamstring curl in improving hamstring strength-endurance. Twelve Gaelic footballers (mean ± standard deviation age, height and mass were 25.17 ± 3.46 years, 179.25 ± 5.88 cm, 85.75 ± 4.75 kilo) with a history of hamstring injury were randomized into 2 groups that performed 6 weeks of either Nordic hamstring curl, or single-leg Roman chair hold training...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Craig Donnachie, Sally Wyke, Kate Hunt
BACKGROUND: Receiving information about one's weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and other indicators of health risk may prompt behaviour change. This study investigated men's reactions to receiving information on indicators of health risk prior to taking part in a men-only weight management programme, Football Fans in Training (FFIT). It also investigated the extent to which the information was reported as influencing lifestyle change and having adverse consequences. METHODS: We undertook a qualitative, semi-structured, telephone interview study with 28 men who took part in FFIT...
February 27, 2018: BMC Public Health
Courtney Sullivan, Thomas Kempton, Patrick Ward, Aaron J Coutts
This study examined the association between individual and team characteristics and the probability of being offered a second contract in professional Australian Football. Contract status was obtained from the AFL for players who were drafted in the AFL National Draft between 1999 and 2013 (n = 999). Individual player characteristics were retrieved from the AFL while variables relating to performance were accessed online via Champion Data®. A binary logistic regression examined the influence of each characteristic on the probability of a professional Australian Football player receiving a second contract...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
Aleksander Błażkiewicz, Monika Grygorowicz, Arkadiusz Białostocki, Dariusz Czaprowski
BACKGROUND: Characteristic types of actions and training/matches loads of football goalkeepers show that goalkeeper's performance differs from other football's formations. Such situation may predispose to the occurrence of other kinds of injuries in this position. The aim of this study was to analyse epidemiology of injuries in young football goalkeepers. METHODS: 48 football goalkeepers (aged:15.2±1.9 years) were filled the questionnaire aimed at collecting information about all injuries sustained within 12 months before the data collection...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Bobby G Yow, David J Tennent, Thomas C Dowd, Jeremy P Loenneke, Johnny G Owens
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a technique shown to be safe and effective at increasing muscular strength and endurance in healthy fitness populations and is under study for its use in postinjury rehabilitation. BFR stimulates muscular strength and hypertrophy gains at much lower loads than traditional methods, allowing patients to begin the rehabilitation process much sooner. We report on 2 patients who incorporated BFR training into their traditional rehabilitation program after Achilles tendon ruptures...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Khuram Khan, Saqib Saeed, Alexius Ramcharan, Sanjiv Gray
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in young trauma patients with resultant multi-organ effects. Hypopituitarism following TBI can be debilitating and life threatening. TBI which causes hypopituitarism may be characterized by a single head injury, such as from a motor vehicle accident, or by chronic repetitive head trauma, as seen in combative supports including boxing, kick-boxing, and football. In the majority of cases, a diagnosis of hypopituitarism can be entirely missed resulting in severe neuro-endocrine dysfunction...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Colin W Fuller
The loss of players through injury is known to affect team performance in many sports; it is important therefore for professional teams to be able to quantify the likely injury-burden that will be encountered throughout a season. A kinetic model, based on the rates at which match and training injuries are sustained and resolved, a team's squad size and the 2017/18 season fixture schedule for teams competing in the English Premier League, is used to produce daily forecasts of injury-burden experienced by a typical team...
February 23, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Samuel Ryan, Aaron J Coutts, Joel Hocking, Patrick A Dillon, Anthony Whitty, Thomas Kempton
OBJECTIVES: To examine the collective influence of a range of physical preparation elements on selected performance measures during Australian football match-play. DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal. METHODS: Data were collected from 34 professional Australian football players from the same club during the 2016 AFL competition season. Match activity profiles, acute (7-day) and chronic (3-week) training load were collected via GPS devices. Training response was measured by well-being questionnaires completed prior to main training session each week...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Albert Brizio, Jean-Christophe Hubert, Brigitte Hennequin, Jeremy Bouchez, Marie-Clément Kouka
In 2016 France hosted the European football championship. In a context of an increased terrorist threat, Chemical, Bacteriological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) attacks were considered possible. Three days prior to the beginning of the event, the Health Authorities required that a medium sized hospital close to a major potential target, prepare a chemical decontamination centre. Despite a low level of preparedness, little external help, and very few extra resources, an efficient decontamination chain (all premises necessary for the management of contaminated victims: from the entrance gate to the post-decontamination dressing cabins) was set up in 15 days (12 days after the unrealistic deadline)...
February 21, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
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