Hamstrings strains (muscle injuries to the posterior thigh) account for about 20% of all injuries in football, and can even be career-ending.
The Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center has started a number of research projects aiming to prevent this injury type, where all the teams in the Tippeliga - the Norwegian Premier League - participate.
|Hamstrings strains is the most common injury type in Norwegian football. © Tommy Bolic & Gazette bok. From the book Idrettsskader (http://idrettsskader.gazette.no/)|
Some results from these projects will be presented in a press conference April 3 at the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education. Preliminary results suggest that up to 80% of all hamstrings strains may be prevented using a newly developed strength training program based on a simple eccentric strength exercise.
The projects were started two years ago and involve - in addition to the Norwegian clubs - most clubs in the two top divisions in Iceland. The project managers are Thor Einar Andersen, responsible for the follow-up of the Norwegian clubs, and Arni Arnason, who has been responsible for the Icelandic clubs. Both of them are PhD-students at the Oslo Sports Trauma research Center.
Players and coaches of Stabæk IF will represent the Tippeliga clubs in the press conference. Players from Stabæk IF have participated in a special project where the strength changes after 10 weeks of pre-season training have been measured and compared with regular concentric hamstrings strength training. The project manager for this project is Roald Mjølsnes, who is a Master student at the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education.
Read more about the injuries of Norwegian football (Tippeligaen 2000) here.
Read more about how to prevent hamstrings strains here.