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Preventing hamstring injuries in football through enhanced exercise and RTP strategies
  1. Nick van der Horst
  1. Sports Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nick van der Horst, Sports Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht 3584 CX, The Netherlands; n.vanderhorst-3{at}umcutrecht.nl

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What did I do?

This thesis consisted of seven publications on the prevention of hamstring injuries in male football, targeting primary prevention and return-to-play (RTP) after hamstring injuries.

Why did I do it?

Hamstring injuries is the number 1 muscle injury in football, and injury rates have been increasing consistently over the last decade.1 Furthermore, hamstring injuries are notorious for their high recurrence rates, leading to prolonged rehabilitation, personal suffering for the player and decreased team performance.

How did I do it?

The thesis kicks off with a systematic review on the effect of general exercise programmes for the prevention of football injuries. The first study was a randomised controlled trial investigating …

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