Waltham, 20th September 2012; Over 100 MPS players from the North, Boston and Central regions participated in the Sports Injury Prevention Program hosted by sports injury prevention specialists DePuy Mitek at Forekicks in Marlboro on Wednesday September 19th. The Sports Injury Prevention Program, is a nationwide initiative to provide injury prevention tips and techniques based on the FIFA 11+ warm-up program.
To begin with, players and parents listened to presentation about the importance of proper warm-up techniques to reduce the risk of sports-related injury led by Dr. C. Brittany Boisvert of HealthAlliance Hospital. This information is especially important as the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.
Also at the clinic, former US National team stars Cobi Jones and Kristine Lily shared their experiences with sports injuries and demonstrated techniques from FIFA’s 11+, a warm-up program to reduce injuries among athletes aged 14 years and older.
“Injury prevention is an extremely important area in the youth game”, said Director of Coaching Peter Bradley, “To be able to combine education on this topic, and allow our players to meet two US legends in the process was a fantastic opportunity for our players.”
Since August, the Sports Injury Prevention Program — sponsored by DePuy Mitek — has been raising awareness about injury prevention – including FIFA’s 11+ warm-up program – with educational clinics in cities around the U.S. Each clinic features appearances by current or former U.S. National Soccer Team members and a local sports medicine specialist. To date, successful clinics have been hosted in five cities, educating more than 1300 athletes, parents and coaches about proper injury prevention techniques.
To learn more about sports injury prevention and this important initiative, visit the program’s Facebook page [www.facebook.com/SportsInjuryPreventionProgram], Twitter handle [www.twitter.com/@MitekSportsMed] or YouTube channel [http://www.youtube.com/SportsInjuryPrevent1], or check out FIFA’s 11+ website [http://f-marc.com/11plus/home/].