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Exercise-based programmes reduce sports injury in adolescents (PEDro synthesis)
  1. Peter Butler1,
  2. Steven J Kamper2,
  3. Christopher M Williams1,3
  1. 1Hunter New England Population Health, Hunter New England Local Health District Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3Hunter Medical Research Institute, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Peter Butler, Hunter New England Population Health, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Wallsend, New South Wales 2287, Australia; peter.butler{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

▸ Rossler R, Donath L, Verhagen E, et al. Exercise-based injury prevention in child and adolescent sport: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Med 2014;44:1733–48.


Participation in sport and other physical activity provides positive effects on children's and adolescents' physical and mental health, and these benefits track into adulthood.1 However, injury during organised sport participation may result in reduced levels of engagement in physical activity.2 The prevention of injury in sports is important to maximise the health benefits of sports participation.3 ,4 Exercise-based interventions have historically been used for sports injury prevention; however, the effectiveness of these among children and adolescents is not known.


This systematic review and meta-analysis assessed the effectiveness of exercise-based injury prevention programmes …

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  • Contributors PB, CMW and SJK selected the review and interpreted the findings. PB wrote the initial draft. All authors critically appraised the paper, commented on manuscript drafts and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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