RISK FACTORS THAT MAY INCREASE INJURY RISK IN MALE YOUTH SOCCER PLAYERS HAVE BEEN OUTLINED PREVIOUSLY, INCLUDING GROWTH AND MATURATION, MOVEMENT SKILL, FATIGUE, AND PREVIOUS INJURY. PRACTITIONERS SHOULD USE SUITABLE ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED TO SYSTEMATICALLY SCREEN ATHLETES FOR THESE RISK FACTORS TO ASSIST IN THE EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF HIGH-RISK ATHLETES. THE KEY FACTORS FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION HAVE BEEN REVIEWED IN THIS MANUSCRIPT.
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1School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University, London, United Kingdom;
2Youth Physical Development Unit, School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom;
3Exercise and Sport Research Centre, School of Sport and Exercise, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom;
4Division of Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio;
5Department of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; and
6The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Boston, Massachusetts
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: One author (GDM) would like to acknowledge funding support from National Institutes of Health Grants R21-AR065068.
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Paul J. Readis a strength and conditioning coach and senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at St Mary's University, London, United Kingdom.
Jon L. Oliveris a Reader in Applied Pediatric Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Mark B. A. De Ste Croixis professor of Pediatric sport and exercise and co-director of the Exercise and Sport Research Centre at the University of Gloucestershire.
Gregory D. Myeris director of Research at the Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and holds primary academic appointments of Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery within the College of Medicine at University of Cincinnati.
Rhodri S. Lloydis a Senior Lecturer in strength and conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University and serves as a Board Director for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.