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Can we predict injury in male football players based on the functional movement screen and other tests of injury risk? (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Fraser Philp
  1. School of Health and Rehabilitation, Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG, Staffordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fraser Philp, School of Health and Rehabilitation, Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG, Staffordshire, UK; f.d.philp{at}keele.ac.uk

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What did I do?

I investigated the validity of the functional movement screen (FMS)1 for measuring movements and predicting injury. I also validated models that predict injury occurrence in football players.

Why did I do it?

To reduce injury for individual players, and mitigate the impact of injury rates on team performance, clinicians regularly advise players whether they are safe to train/play during the preseason and in season. The FMS is the most commonly used movement screening test used in football to inform decision-making. Evidence that the test is valid is lacking.2 3 A second approach to assess readiness to play is to use statistical models, informed by guidelines of football governing bodies that include a variety of potential risk factors.4 5 Existing models lack precision or clinical usefulness in predicting events such as injury. The inability to prospectively …

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