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A Systems-Based Approach to Injury Prevention for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Howe, Louis P. MSc1; Waldron, Mark PhD2,3; Read, Paul CSCS, PhD4

Strength and Conditioning Journal: December 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 6 - p 60–69
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000346
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ABSTRACT 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, louis.howe@cumbria.ac.uk.

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

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Louis P. Howe is a lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at University of Cumbria.

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Mark Waldron is a senior lecturer in Exercise Physiology at St Mary's University, Twickenham.

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Paul Read is a clinical research scientist at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.

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