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Screening is dead. Long live screening!
  1. Ben Clarsen1,2,
  2. Hilde Moseby Berge2
  1. 1Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway
  2. 2The Olympic Elite Sports Programme (Olympiatoppen), Oslo, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ben Clarsen, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Postboks 4014, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo 0806, Norway; ben.clarsen{at}

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Most of us have done it, right? Screening athletes for injury risk has become a normal part of our jobs as sport and exercise medicine clinicians. Why? Most likely because targeting high-risk athletes with individualised prevention programmes is an extremely attractive idea. Unfortunately, however, it may also be a misguided idea. Professor Roald Bahr illustrates just how unrealistic it is to identify which athletes will and will not get injured using current risk factor screening tests.1

Similarly, Wright et al2 highlight the inability of the extremely popular functional movement screen to predict injury. These papers challenge the entire concept of individually targeting high-risk athletes to prevent injury. We expect these papers to be real game changers—you will not screen without thinking about them.

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