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Hamstring Strain Prevention in Elite Soccer Players

Turner, Anthony N. MSc, CSCS*D1; Cree, Jon MSc, CSCS1; Comfort, Paul MSc, CSCS*D2; Jones, Leigh BSc3; Chavda, Shyam MSc, CSCS1; Bishop, Chris MSc1; Reynolds, Andy MSc4

Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 10–20
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000076
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ABSTRACT HAMSTRING STRAINS ARE A COMMON SOFT TISSUE INJURY IN ELITE SOCCER. THE INJURY AND REINJURY RATES FOR THIS ARE HIGH, AND EFFICACIOUS PREVENTION STRATEGIES ARE YET TO BE STANDARDIZED. AFTER THE RESEARCH HEREIN, TRAINING MODALITIES EMPHASIZING HAMSTRING ECCENTRIC STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRESSING FROM LOW-VELOCITY TO HIGH-VELOCITY ACTIVITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FATIGUE (I.E., CONDITIONING DRILLS) ARE RECOMMENDED.

1London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom;

2College of Health and Social Care, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom;

3Sport and Exercise Science Department, Huntingdonshire Regional College, Huntingdon, Cambridgshire, United Kingdom;

4Medical Services, Harlequins RFC, London, United Kingdom

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Anthony N. Turneris a strength and conditioning coach and is the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, England.

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Jon Creeis a strength and conditioning coach and the Programme Leader for the BSc Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, England.

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Paul Comfortis the Program Leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford.

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Leigh Jonesis the curriculum coordinator for sport and exercise sciences at Huntingdonshire Regional College and the managing director of Future Fitness Training Academy.

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Shyam Chavdais an academy strength and conditioning coach for British Fencing and QPR Football Club and the Sport technician and weightlifting coach at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.

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Chris Bishopis the lead strength and conditioning coach for Optimum Elite Fitness and a lecturer on the BSc Sport & Exercise Science Program at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.

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Andy Reynoldsis Head of Medical Sciences at Halequins RFC, and the 1XV Physiotherapist.

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