Hip and groin injuries were the most common type of injury for one professional football team, with 13 incidences during one season. Kitman Labs' team of sports scientists interrogated the data to try and identify if there were any potential indicators prior to each injury occurrence. Read on to see what we found.
Soccer is a high demand sport involving continually changing complex movement patterns, which presents a wide variety of musculoskeletal injury risk factors.
Based on Kitman Labs research into player data collected from our Athlete Optimization SystemTM, we have noted that there is a distinct pattern of indicators preceding a hamstring injury that can be used to enhance injury monitoring and prevention protocols.
The doctor’s role in professional sport is changing. Local GPs turning up on match day with the ‘magic’ bucket and sponge have been replaced by specialist, often full-time, sports physicians, equipped with expert skills in clinical assessment, and knowledge of sport-specific injuries.
The championship has begun, 32 teams from 4 provinces are all competing for the chance to win the Sam Maguire Cup. A squad of 30 players will play a minimum of 7 games spaced over a period of 4 months in order to be crowned the 2016 All Ireland Champions. This unique competition format poses unique challenges to Strength and Conditioning coaches.
In sports over the last 8-10 years, we have seen an explosion of data collection. Screening protocols, sensors and wearables have provided an abundance of information about athletes during training and competition. The accumulation of data can (unfortunately) sometimes lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’.