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Enhancing the implementation of injury prevention exercise programmes in professional football
  1. James O’Brien
  1. Physiotherapy Department, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Dr James O’Brien, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Rechte Saalachzeile 58, Salzburg 5020, Austria; drjamesob{at}

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What did I do?

I investigated the use of injury prevention exercise programmes (IPEPs) in professional football teams. The primary aim was to identify barriers and facilitators to successfully implementing these programmes under real-world conditions.

Why did I do it?

Injuries in football are common and have multiple negative impacts. The efficacy of IPEPs for football has been established in large-scale randomised controlled trials. Despite this, many teams choose not to adopt these programmes, or do not comply with them fully.1 2 Unfortunately, the reasons for low adoption and compliance are poorly understood and have received very little research attention. My PhD aimed to address this gap by evaluating barriers and facilitators to IPEP implementation under real-world conditions.

How did I do it?

Firstly, I conducted two systematic reviews of published IPEPs trials, in both football and …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.