Preventing Australian football injuries with a targeted neuromuscular control exercise programme: comparative injury rates from a training intervention delivered in a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Caroline F Finch, Dara M Twomey, Lauren V Fortington, Tim LA Doyle, Bruce C Elliott, Muhammad Akram, David G Lloyd
Injury Prevention | Published : 2016
BACKGROUND: Exercise-based training programmes are commonly used to prevent sports injuries but programme effectiveness within community men's team sport is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To present the intention-to-treat analysis of injury outcomes from a clustered randomised controlled trial in community Australian football. METHODS: Players from 18 male, non-elite, community Australian football clubs across two states were randomly allocated to either a neuromuscular control (NMC) (intervention n=679 players) or standard-practice (control n=885 players) exercise training programme delivered as part of regular team training sessions (2× weekly for 8-week preseason and 18-week regular-season)...View full abstract