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There are ~250 million people worldwide playing football (soccer). Despite the health benefits of playing sports, there is an inherent risk of sustaining injuries. Non-contact musculoskeletal injuries account for up to 66% of all muscle and joint/ligament injuries in football.1 Identifying effective strategies to reduce the occurrence of non-contact injuries in football is crucial for athletes and their teams. Previous reviews suggest that exercise-based prevention programmes reduce the risk of overall injuries by 22%–25% among women and recreational football players.2 3 However, there was no study summarising the effects of …
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