Football Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries mechanism reloaded: how, where and when How do ACL injuries occur in football? The most typical ACL injury mechanisms are non-contact (44%) in which players get injured in their interaction with the environment (important role of deceiving actions/distractions) and indirect contact...

The FSI Conference 2021: Mathew Buckthorpe Injuries are problematic in football due to their impact on financial, team, and player performance. Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries are the most common of all traumatic knee injuries and the most common severe injury subtype after hamstrings injuries. To prevent them,...

For an athlete to return to play (RTP) after ACL reconstruction (ACLR), multiple factors that should be assessed. Physical tests allow to evaluate movement strategies in the main mechanisms which may predispose to injury. Almost 90% of players RTP in 10 months after ACLR, although some...

Traditionally, interventions to improve performance of substitutes have not received much attention. Their pre-match warm-ups are usually performed isolated from starters and they then carry out a re-warm-up in the second half prior to going onto the field. Substitutes should be prepared to perform at...

Preparation for training and matches usually starts with the regular team warm-up, consisting of 10-30’ of generic/specific directed-to-team preparation, but the ‘one-fits-all’ approach may not be enough for individual preparation. The 360º individual pre-formance strategy (360PRE) is a strategy designed to protect the body, provoke...

Xavi Hernandez is the new head coach of Barcelona FC. In the FSI Master's course High-Performance Football Coach, Xavi offers our students an extensive technical interview about his training methodology. Here we offer you a brief extract of it.   ...

Long-term athletic development (LTAD) is a process over several years in which strength training is carried out from a young age. It is an important capability as it is correlated to jumping, sprinting, agility and a decreased injury rate. An optimal amount of stimuli in the...

Injuries, which are multifactorial and the most complex issue reported by practitioners, have a huge negative impact on the performance and economy of professional football teams. As a starting point for decision making to reduce injury risk, teams should find an effective way to store and...

Training based strategies to optimize readiness to play may be based on three main pillars. Firstly, the periodization process will serve as a framework of how the players will be biologically prepared in relation to match competition, the game being the key indicator. Most muscular...