PARTICIPATION IN SPORT EXPOSES ATHLETES TO AN INHERENT RISK OF INJURY. TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES MUST CONDUCT A THOROUGH NEEDS ANALYSIS TO ESTABLISH THE RISK OF INJURY, IDENTIFY MECHANISMS AND RISK FACTORS FOR INJURY, SELECT RELEVANT SCREENING TESTS, AND DESIGN TARGETED INTERVENTIONS BASED ON THE ATHLETE'S RESULTS. USING A SYSTEMS-BASED APPROACH PRESENTED HEREIN, THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS THAT COACHES MUST UNDERTAKE TO DEVELOP EFFECTIVE INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAMS.
1University of Cumbria, Lancaster, United Kingdom;
2St Mary's University, Middlesex, United Kingdom;
3University of New England, School of Science and Technology, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia; and
4Athlete Health and Performance Research Centre, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
Address correspondence to Louis P. Howe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Louis P. Howe is a lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at University of Cumbria.
Mark Waldron is a senior lecturer in Exercise Physiology at St Mary's University, Twickenham.
Paul Read is a clinical research scientist at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.