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OPEN ACCESS: A study protocol for the development and internal validation of a multivariable prognostic model to determine lower extremity muscle injury risk in elite football (soccer) players, with further exploration of prognostic factors

20.09.19

Tom Hughes, Richard Riley , Jamie C. Sergeant and Michael J. Callaghan Abstract Background: Indirect muscle injuries (IMIs) are a considerable burden to elite football (soccer) teams, and prevention of these injuries offers many benefits. Preseason medical, musculoskeletal and performance screening (termed periodic health examination (PHE)) can be used to help determine players at risk […]

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Translating Strength into Speed

20.09.19

MIKE MCGURN, INTERNATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH Rate Of Force Development The rate of force development (RFD) is a measure of explosive strength, or simply how fast an athlete can develop force. The definition of RFD is the speed in which the contractile elements of the muscle can develop force (1). Therefore, improving an athlete’s […]

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Sports Pharmacist: What the role provides…

20.09.19

PAUL MOLONEY MPHARM, SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB The role of a Pharmacist in the multi-disciplinary sports medical team is one that is expanding and has plenty of potential to develop in modern day football. Medicine management already has had its place in a lot of clubs, which ensures: ~ Improved record keeping : Provide policies on Medicine Management […]

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SO WHAT DO COLLEAGUES GET UP TO IN THE FIRST YEARS AFTER LEAVING THE GAME?

19.09.19

We talk to former Sunderland AFC First Team Sports Scientist – Scott Pearce   What were the circumstances in which you left football? I left Sunderland AFC in the summer of 2017 after 11 years due to the clubs restructuring process following relegation from the Premier League. Not only was I still smarting from the […]

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Elite football teams that do not have a winter break lose on average 303 player-days more per season to injuries than those teams that do: a comparison among 35 professional European teams

19.09.19

Jan Ekstrand, Armin Spreco,  Michael Davison Objective To compare injury rates among professional men’s football teams that have a winter break in their league season schedule with corresponding rates in teams that do not. Methods 56 football teams from 15 European countries were prospectively followed for seven seasons (2010/2011–2016/2017)—a total of 155 team-seasons. Individual training, […]

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Understanding the team behind the team

18.09.19

Today’s football coaches have large medical teams to help keep their players in optimum physical condition… but what exactly do all those people do? UEFA Direct takes a closer look. France’s victorious 2018 World Cup campaign did not stem solely from the brilliance of men like N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann. Nor, indeed, […]

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Life After Football – Simon Maltby, former Hull City FC Physiotherapist

16.09.19

So, what do colleagues get up to in the first years after leaving the game? We talk to former Hull City FC Physiotherapist, Simon Maltby When did you leave football and what did you do in the immediate term? My last role in football finished in January 2017. I left Hull City in 2011 and then […]

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WHAT DO SPORTS MEDICINE PROFESSIONALS WORKING IN FOOTBALL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?

14.09.19

Dr Caroline Heaney, The Open University Sport psychology and sports injury are undeniably linked – psychological factors have been shown to impact on both injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. Factors such as high stress levels can increase the risk of injury, whilst the occurrence of a sports injury can lead to several negative psychological reactions […]

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FMPA Member survey throws up alarming results!

13.09.19

The recent survey conducted by the FMPA amongst its members threw up some alarming results. They were not alarming in terms of the issues raised, particularly as these are widely known, but more the confirmation that we are still dealing with concerns that were an integral part of our working environment 25 years ago. Around […]

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Rugby Premiership: Independent doctors to be at all games from 2019-20

12.09.19

Independent doctors will be at all Premiership games from this season to help enforce concussion protocol. They will assist club doctors with head injury assessments and have the final say on whether a player can continue. The system has been in place for some time in international rugby and will now be at Premiership Rugby […]

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INTRODUCING SONLEVO – A BRAND NEW BRITISH MATTRESS BRAND

10.09.19

The FMPA are proud to introduce Business Club Member SONLEVO for the 2019/2020 season. New British mattress brand Sonlevo launches at the NBF’s 10th Bed Show with an innovative debut range offering 400% better airflow than standard foam Key benefits of Sonlevo’s unique debut range: Five mattresses in the range; two full foam mattresses, and three […]

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RENEW THERAPY ON BOARD FOR 2019-2020 SEASON

09.09.19

The FMPA are pleased that Renew Therapy will continue their partnership as Business Supplier with the FMPA for this season.  Renew Therapy gives everyone the opportunity to enhance their circulation through the introduction of External Counter Pulsation (ECP) technology. Widely regarded as an effective method to increase blood flow, ECP Therapy can help athletes improve […]

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RETURN TO PLAY AFTER SURGERY FOR ISOLATED UNSTABLE SYNDESMOTIC ANKLE INJURIES (WEST POINT GRADE IIB AND III) IN 110 MALE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS: A RETROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY

09.09.19

Pieter D’Hooghe, Alberto Grassi, Khalid Alkhelaifi, James Calder, Thomas PA Baltes, Stefano Zaffagnini, Jan Ekstrand Abstract Objectives To evaluate time to return to play following surgical stabilisation of isolated unstable syndesmosis injuries in a cohort of professional male football players. Methods All professional football players undergoing surgery for isolated unstable syndesmosis injury (West Point grade […]

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Pre-season – when foundations are laid

05.09.19

So you’ve coached, guided and nurtured your team through the season, with its vast catalogue of highs and lows. Perhaps you’ve won a title, captured domestic or international trophies, or clinched a hard-earned promotion to a higher division. Maybe you’ve masterminded recovery and survival from a seemingly hopeless position, and avoided relegation against all the […]

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Staff at Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers FC supported by FMPA

03.09.19

The FMPA was established in order to provide support and assistance to members in their time of need. The situation at both Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers FC in recent months has, without doubt, been difficult for all concerned and not least our Members. “The recent situation at Bury FC meant this was a difficult […]

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Position specific & positional play training in elite football: Context Matters

03.09.19

Paul S Bradley, Andres Martin-Garcia, Jack d Ade & Antonio Gomez Diaz Those who have watched elite football across the last decade, realise that the game is more demanding than ever1. This places more emphasis on training methods to prepare players for the rigors of the game2. If we use the mantra of ‘train like […]

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GAME READY 2019/2020 BUSINESS SUPPLIER

03.09.19

Game Ready continues relationship with the FMPA as Business Supplier for the 2019/2020 season. The Game Ready System combines Intermittent Compression with Circumferential Cold Therapy in one fully adjustable, easy-to-use application.RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) has long been used to treat acute and chronic injury and to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation after Orthopaedic […]

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SURGE IN MEMBERSHIP

02.09.19

New members to the Association flooded in during the close season as practitioners prepared themselves for the coming campaign. The number of contract appraisals soared and there is clear recognition that having the support of specialist, experienced and knowledgeable solicitors is invaluable should members find themselves in difficulty. The FMPA cannot emphasise enough just how important such […]

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How to thrive with a little help from your friends

29.08.19

Songs often tell us that a friend will get you through difficult times. True. In fact research often shows social support to be the most important thing that helps us buffer against and cope with many of life’s difficult situations. Now however, research also tells us that, in both difficult and normal times, social support […]

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Fit 4 Sport continue support for the FMPA

27.08.19

The FMPA are delighted that Fit 4 Sport continue their support for the 2019/2020 season. Fit4Sport Ltd started out in 2005 and although still a young company has developed a wealth of experience working alongside professional therapists within the sports market. We are the leading sports medical supplier within professional football and Superleague and have […]

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Fit 4 Sport continue support for the FMPA

27.08.19

The FMPA are delighted that Fit 4 Sport continue their support for the 2019/2020 season. Fit4Sport Ltd started out in 2005 and although still a young company has developed a wealth of experience working alongside professional therapists within the sports market. We are the leading sports medical supplier within professional football and Superleague and have […]

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FMPA welcomes brand new Business Partner Wattbike – The ultimate testing, conditioning and rehabilitation tool

22.08.18

Since its launch in 2008, the Wattbike has become an icon in elite sport. Initially designed in partnership with British Cycling, the Wattbike was immediately adopted by world class athletes and teams from sports ranging from athletics to rugby and boxing to bobsleigh. The unique design of the air resistance system combined with independently verified, […]

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CALL TO PERFORMANCE – NUTRITIONISTS WORKING IN FOOTBALL

05.09.18

With the advent of the FMPA Register,Nutritionists are now looking to consolidate their own network by calling on fellow colleagues to help their profession become an established entity in Professional Football. Since Clubs are increasingly employing full and part-time Nutritionists as part of their medical support now is the time to step up to the […]