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Muscle strain injuries are a significant problem in multidirectional sports, such as football, with most injuries located in the hamstrings, adductors, rectus femoris/quadriceps and calf muscles.1 These injuries may not only cause absence from football for the individual player, but also negatively affect overall team performance.2 The incidence of muscle strain injury has remained constant during the last decades in football3 and Australian rules football4 with slightly increased incidence for hamstring5 and calf muscle strain injuries,4 which highlights the ongoing challenge of muscle strain injuries in sport.
Reduction of the burden of muscle strain injuries in sports is most likely achieved by adoption of evidence-based prevention programmes. Several prevention programmes and their associated effect on muscle injuries have been published, including the FIFA 11+ warm up programme for overall injury prevention,6 the …
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Contributors LI, KK, RSH, CBJ and KT wrote the original paper of which this text and infographics are based upon. AV designed the infographics contained in this paper.
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