Injury prevention programmes in (team) sports

...are sports-specific exercises better?

  • Sports-specific injury prevention enhances sports performance
  • Two results for the price of one: increased performance and reduced number of injuries
  • Three categories: ‘sports-specific’, ‘general’ and ‘mixed’ programmes

Athletes who perform sports-specific exercises in order to prevent injuries, show better test scores on strength, explosive power, accelerating and decelerating, and agility compared to athletes who performed general exercises such as squats, bench press and planking exercises in an injury prevention programme. This is concluded by an international research team after executing a systematic review of the literature in which they analysed 28 injury prevention programmes.


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