Background The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has promoted the FIFA 11+ injury prevention program worldwide. The FIFA 11+ injury prevention program for kids was developed and shown to be effective in reducing soccer-related injuries in numerous studies.
Objective To assess the awareness, implementation, and opinion of worldwide children’s soccer coaches regarding the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program.
Design Cross-sectional study.
Setting An online survey for all continental football federations.
Patients (or Participants) A total of 486 children’s soccer coaches completed the survey.
Interventions (or Assessment of Risk Factors) The questionnaire consisted of questions relating to awareness, implementation, and coaches’ opinions of the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program.
Main Outcome Measurements The awareness level, implementation rate, and opinion of the the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program efficacy.
Results A total of 202 (41.6%) of the children’s soccer coaches reported awareness of the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program and 155 (31.9%) were reported implementing the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program in their current practice. Participants who reported implementation of the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program also reported a positive attitude towards the program efficacy, with a score of 8.19±0.88 out of 10.
Conclusions Globally, children’s soccer coaches showed poor awareness levels of the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program, however, the implementation level among coaches who reported awareness was relatively high. A high number of children’s soccer coaches reported a positive perception regarding the efficacy of the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program in reducing and preventing injuries. Therefore, there is a need for further efforts and research to increase the international awareness and implementation rate of the FIFA 11+ Kids injury prevention program.
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