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Teaching landing skills in elite junior Australian football: evaluation of an injury prevention strategy

Scase, E., Cook, Jill, Makdissi, M., Gabbe, B. and Shuck, Lisa 2006, Teaching landing skills in elite junior Australian football: evaluation of an injury prevention strategy, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 40, no. 10, pp. 834-838, doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2006.025692.

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Title Teaching landing skills in elite junior Australian football: evaluation of an injury prevention strategy
Author(s) Scase, E.
Cook, Jill
Makdissi, M.
Gabbe, B.
Shuck, Lisa
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 40
Issue number 10
Start page 834
End page 838
Publisher B M J Publishing Group
Place of publication Loughborough, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Keyword(s) injury
Australian football
prevention
intervention
landing
Summary Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a preseason physical training programme that taught landing and falling skills in improving landing skills technique and preventing injury in junior elite Australian football players.

Methods: 723 male players who participated in an under 18 elite competition were studied prospectively in a non-randomised controlled trial over two consecutive football seasons. There were 114 players in the intervention group and 609 control players. The eight session intervention programme taught players six landing, falling, and recovery skills, which were considered fundamental for safe landing in Australian football. Landing skills taught in these sessions were rated for competence by independent and blinded assessors at baseline and mid-season.

Results: Evaluation of landing skills found no significant differences between the groups at baseline. Evaluation after the intervention revealed overall improvement in landing skills, but significantly greater improvement in the intervention group (z = –7.92, p = 0.001). Players in the intervention group were significantly less likely (relative rate 0.72, 95% confidence interval 0.52 to 0.98) to sustain an injury during the season than the control group. In particular, the time to sustaining a landing injury was significantly less for the intervention group (relative rate 0.40, 95% confidence interval 0.17 to 0.92) compared with the control group.

Conclusions:
Landing and falling ability can be taught to junior elite Australian football players. Players in the intervention group were protected against injury, particularly injuries related to landing and falls.
Notes Published Online First: 18 August 2006.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2006.025692
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006575

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