Hip and groin injury management in English youth football: A survey of 64 professional academies

Light, N., Smith, Neal A., Delahunt, Eamonn and Thorborg, K. (2018) Hip and groin injury management in English youth football: A survey of 64 professional academies. Science and Medicine in Football, 2 (2). pp. 133-140. ISSN 2473-3938

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the strategies used in English football academies to manage hip/groin injury.

Methods: Eighty-six academies were invited to complete an online survey based on three themes: Hip/groin injury (1) prevention; (2) screening; (3) return-to-play (RTP).

Results: Sixty-four (74%) academies responded, of which fifty-two (81%) regularly conducted hip/groin injury prevention exercises; most commonly core/abdominal related, while only half of academies used high load eccentric exercises. Fifty-three (83%) utilised screening measures for hip/groin injury, with adductor-strength testing commonly used in 40 (77%) academies, whilst patient-reported outcome measures were used infrequently (6%). Fifty (78%) academies followed a specific RTP protocol, often linked to player baseline scores; with adductor-strength deficits and pain on RTP tests commonly noted indicators of readiness to RTP.

Conclusion: Most, but not all responding academies, address prevention, screening and RTP in their management of hip/groin injury. Many preventative exercises are utilised, with core/abdominal related exercises most common. Screening for baseline scores, in particular assessing adductor-strength is often used for gauging RTP post-injury. Most management methods described by academies link to current evidence based literature; yet many elements of practice could be improved / standardised in the academy youth football level in the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Neil Light
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 10:47
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2019 00:10
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3348

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