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11+ Kids warm-up programme

In children below the age of 14 years, there is a very little research relating to both epidemiology and the prevention of football injuries (Rössler et al. Sports Med 2014).

F-MARC recently conducted a prospective study over two seasons in the Czech Republic and Switzerland (Rössler et al. AJSM 2016) . The overall injury incidence was lower compared with that in youth players. Interestingly, children suffered from a relatively high percentage of fractures, bone stress and other injuries of the upper limbs.

This data inspired the development of a targeted injury-prevention programme for children, the 11+ Kids. As with the 11+ programme, the kids’ version was designed by a panel of international experts (Rössler et al. J Sports Sci 2016) . The kids programme has a focus on: a) spatial orientation, anticipation, and attention particularly while dual-tasking (to avoid unintended contact with other players or objects); b) body stability and movement coordination (more general than specific); c) learning appropriate fall techniques (to minimise the consequences of unavoidable falls).

The 11+ Kids was first evaluated with regard to possible adaptations in movement skills and motor performance, and it was found that this warm-up programme (after 10 weeks of practice) improved dynamic balance and agility skills in children playing football (Rössler et al. J Sports Sci 2016).

A large randomised trial in four European countries with more than 4,000 kids (age range: 7-12) has shown an impressive injury reduction of about 50% in those teams practising the 11+ Kids as a warm-up (Rössler et al. not yet published). Match injuries were reduced by 31%, training injuries by 40%, lower extremity injuries by 41%, overall non-contact injuries by 55% and severe injuries by 56%.

These findings reflect similar preventive effects of the 11+ programme in older youth male and female football players, and strongly support the implementation of injury prevention via the 11+ kids in children playing football!

Learn more about the 11+ Kids programme at the upcoming Football Medicine Strategies conference in Barcelona:  where Tim Hewett, Holly Silvers and Mario Bizzini will speak at a dedicated workshop on Monday 15th

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Mario Bizzini
Mario Bizzini, PhD, MSc, PT is as a research associate at the Schulthess Clinic in Zürich, Switzerland. He worked 14 years (2002-2016) for the FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Center (F-MARC), and he is currently with the Swiss Concussion Center and the Human Performance Lab. His research interests focus on prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Mario has at today 66 peer-reviewed publications, 5 books, and 14 book chapters on these topics, and has lectured at many international congresses. He is a reviewer for various scientific journals, Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Mario is also a specialist in sports physiotherapy (committee member of the Swiss and of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy), a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football/soccer teams, and has worked at three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014), two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2007, 2015) and three Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016).

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