High compliance with the 11+ injury prevention program results in better win-loss records

Review written by Dr Travis Pollen info

Key Points

  1. Although injury prevention programs like the 11+ are proven to reduce injuries, they are not widely adopted or adhered to. This cluster randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of 11+ utilization and compliance on win-loss records in men’s college soccer.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

The 11+ is a dynamic warm-up and injury prevention program (IPP) designed to reduce the risk of lower extremity injuries in soccer players. Research has shown that IPPs such as the 11+ do reduce injury rates, including in men’s college soccer players (1).

Despite their efficacy, IPPs are neither widely adopted nor adhered to (2). To bolster implementation, it could be beneficial to present stakeholders (e.g. athletes and coaches) with evidence that IPPs enhance performance, an outcome they may value more than injury prevention.

However, the effects of IPPs on performance have rarely been studied. To fill this gap, this cluster randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of (1) utilization of the 11+ and (2) compliance with the 11+ on the win-loss records of men’s college soccer teams.

Research has shown that injury prevention programs such as the 11+ do reduce injury rates, including in men’s college soccer players.
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The 11+ contributed to the improved team performance, with potential mechanisms being improved physical performance of the players and increased player availability due to the reduction in injuries.

METHODS

  • This exploratory secondary analysis used data from a previous efficacy study of the 11+ for injury prevention (1).
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