Football Injury Prevention

  • Mario BizziniEmail author
  • Jiri Dvorak


Playing football has many health benefits but it is also associated with a certain risk of injury. There is extensive literature on the frequency and characteristics of football injuries, and several scientific studies on injury prevention programmes in amateur football players have been published. Research has shown that noncontact injuries in football can be prevented by at least one third and up to a half by the means of specific injury prevention programmes (such as FIFA 11+), whereas contact injuries can only be prevented by enhanced fair play and stricter refereeing. However, the implementation of injury prevention programmes in the real world of football represents a major challenge. All involved individuals and associations should endorse and promote injury prevention, thus optimising the beneficial health and social effects of this sport and reducing the economic burden caused by the management of injuries.


Injury Prevention Football Player Ankle Sprain Fair Play Hamstring Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Schulthess KlinikFIFA-Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC)ZürichSwitzerland

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