2,5h lecture
[online] Injury Prevention in Football – are there effective programs?

In this 2,5h online seminar, Mario Bizzini presents various prevention programs and shows whether or not they are effective.


Sports injury prevention research over the last 20 years has shown how preventive programs can reduce by ca. 50% overall football-related injuries at sub-elite level. ACL injury prevention programs can reduce the risk of all ACL injuries by half in all athletes and non-contact ACL injuries by two-thirds in female athletes. Hamstring and groin injuries can be reduced 40% to 65% using specific exercise interventions. All these figures were obtained under controlled conditions (scientific studies, mostly RTCs): to duplicate these results in the real-world of football remains challenging, despite recent advances in implementation science. The current evidence suggests the need for a context-specific and multi-level approach to putting injury prevention programmes into practice.

Key points

  • Historical notes
  • Injury definitions
  • Generic vs specific preventive programs
  • 11+, PEP, Knäkontrol and more
  • Age, sex, level of play
  • Compliance, adherence
  • Single preventive exercises
  • Hamstring, adductors/groin
  • What about children?
  • Real world challenges
  • Implementation science
  • What about professional football?

Target groups:

Physiotherapists, sports scientists, doctors, sports teachers and licensed trainers.

Included services:

  • Presentation as a PDF
  • Certificate of participation
  • Interactive live seminar


After the online seminar, you will get a seminar certificate. It contains information on the type, content and duration.


  • Computer/mobile device with internet access
  • Speaker and microphone or headset
  • The zoom application, which can be downloaded from zoom.us or used as a web application at www.zoom.us.

About the speaker

Mario Bizzini, PhD, MSc, PT is as a research associate at the Human Performance Lab, Schulthess Clinic in Zürich (Switzerland), where he works since more than 30 years.
He was also involved during 14 years (2002-2016) with the FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Center (F-MARC). His research interests focus on prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Mario has at today 112 peer-reviewed publications, 6 books, and 19 book chapters on these topics. He is Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (IJSPT). Mario, a former board member of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT), is currently the Vice-President of the Swiss Sport Physiotherapy Association (SSPA). He’s a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football/soccer teams, and has worked at three Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016), three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014), and two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2007, 2015).

You'll find an interesting interview with Mario Bizzini on the blog of the British Journal of Sports Medicine

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