Programs to prevent injuries are a great help in reducing leg and foot injuries. yet coaches are not impressed with injury prevention programs
Many coaches, although aware of the programs, believe that they are too complex, or don’t offer an advantage over the existing way of doing things.
“There are a ton of different programs out there,” said lead author Marc F. Norcross of Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Most prevention programs include exercises for stretching and strengthening that focus on hips and thighs. Some have jump training which promotes soft landing. Many are designed as warm ups.
“We don’t know exactly how they work, but they are beneficial at least in some respects,” said Norcross. “Rather than sit by and wait for the perfect medicine, let’s adopt this now.”
The survey consisted of 66 head coaches for basketball or soccer at 15 Oregon high schools. They completed the online survey of injury prevention program (IPP) attitudes, knowledge, and behavior.
Coaches of girls’ teams had greater awareness of IPPs than coaches of boys.