How injury prevention programs are being structured and implemented worldwide: an international survey of sports physical therapists

Review written by Dr Travis Pollen info

Key Points

  1. 414 sports physical therapists were surveyed to better understand how they design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of injury prevention programs.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Despite decades of injury prevention research, sports injuries continue to be a serious problem. While sports physical therapists (SPTs) are known to play a key role in injury prevention (1), little work has been done exploring how SPTs organize, structure, and implement injury prevention programs (IPPs). The purpose of this survey study was to describe how SPTs design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of IPPs.

Despite decades of research, sports injuries continue to be a serious problem.
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Because screening tests cannot predict injury, injury prevention program components known to be effective (e.g. Nordics and Copenhagen adductions) should be applied to all at-risk athletes.

METHODS

414 SPTs participated in a survey organized by the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT). Unfortunately, the participants’ demographics are described in a second article from the study that is yet to be published. The survey addressed a wide

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