Many sports programs, both competitive and recreational, have resumed this summer following a stop-start few years. Injury prevention in the context of return to sport is an important consideration as athletes are gearing back up for sport.
What is the FIFA 11+ Program?
The “11+” is an injury prevention programme that was developed by an international group of experts based on their practical experience with different injury prevention programmes for amateur players aged 14 or older.
Why was it created?
It was originally created to reduce risk of major, non-contact injuries in soccer players but the program also has useful carryover for any other athletes looking to add another injury prevention facet to their warmup program.
Who developed it?
It was developed by the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), the FIFA 11+ injury prevention program has been shown to substantially reduce major injuries. Through various randomized-controlled trials in the past decade, F-MARC determined that youth football teams using the “11+” as a standard warm-up had a significantly lower risk of injury than teams that warmed up as usual.
The 11+ program is composed of three parts – two unique series of running exercises, and a strength, plyometrics, and balance series.
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Bizzini M, Dvorak J, et al. Physiological and performance responses to the FIFA 11+ (part 1): a randomized controlled trial on the training effects. J Sports Sci in press. 2013