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  1. Martin P Schwellnus
  1. University of Cape Town, South Africa

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    PREVENTION OF HAMSTRING STRAINS IN ELITE SOCCER: AN INTERVENTION STUDY

    ▸ Arnason A, Andersen TE, Holme I, . Scand J Med Sci Sports 2008;18:40–8.

    Background:

    Hamstring injuries are common in elite soccer players — warm-up, flexibility training and eccentric strength training are commonly suggested to reduce the incidence of hamstring injuries in these players

    Research question/s:

    Does eccentric strength training or flexibility training reduce the incidence of hamstring strains in elite soccer players?

    Methodology:

    Subjects: Elite soccer players from 17–30 teams in two countries (Iceland and Norway)

    Experimental procedure: Subjects were studied over a period of 4 years (1999–2002). In each year, hamstring strains and player exposure were registered. Observations in the first 2 years were used as a …

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