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football (soccer)

Children Playing Football

Football is one of the most popular team-based sports in Australia and worldwide. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey showed an estimated 697,400 Australians aged 15 years and older played outdoor football in the 12-month period prior to being surveyed. A further 310,100 people played indoor football.
Football places many demands on the technical and physical skills of players. During the course of play, football players accelerate, decelerate, jump, cut, pivot, kick and head the ball and, as a result, injuries can and do occur.

How many injuries?

  • From 2002-2003, 3,270 people were admitted to hospitals across Australia for football-related injuries.

  • In Victoria, from 2002-2004, 3,376 people visited Victorian emergency departments for football-related injuries.

  • The rate of injury for football players is up to 35 injuries per 1,000 playing hours.


The causes and types of injuries

  • More injuries occur during games than training.

  • Up to 35% of injuries are caused by foul play.

  • The most common types of injuries are bruising, sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations.

  • Injuries to the lower body, namely the ankle and
    knee, to the upper body and head are most common.

  • Common causes of injuries are player contact, falls and tackles.

  • The quality of playing areas due to drought conditions may contribute to injury.


Factors increasing your injury risk

  • Previous injury.

  • Age.

  • Joint instability and pain.

  • Poor physical conditioning.

  • Inadequate rehabilitation.

  • Exercise overload.

  • Poor football skills.

  • Amount and quality of training.

  • Playing field conditions.

  • Not wearing protective equipment.

  • Rule violations.

  • Inferior floodlighting for training purposes.

FIFA 11+

The FIFA 11+ is an injury-prevention programme which has been specifically designed to prevent football injuries.[15] It was developed by a panel of international experts to build on earlier injury-prevention efforts, including the PEP programme and FIFA 11.

The programme takes twenty minutes to complete and is designed to be performed twice a week. No specific equipment is needed. The FIFA 11+ consists of 15 exercises divided into three separate components. These are:

Running exercises
8 minutes

Encompassing cutting, change of direction, decelerating and proper landing techniques

Strength, plyometric and balance exercises
10 minutes

Focus on core strength, eccentric control and proprioception

Running exercise
2 minutes

High-speed and change-of-direction running

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The nature of the sport requires enormous loads to be placed and managed by the lower body joints, especially ankles, knees and hips. To help you achieve your Footballl goals, we can help by;


  • Providing pre-season screening for individuals or teams from beginners to elite levels.

  • Development of pre-hab programs to help you avoid these injuries or re-hab programs in the event of injuries occurring.

  • Strength testing to identify areas that may be contributing to the development of injuries.

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