A Systems-Based Approach to Injury Prevention for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Abstract

PARTICIPATION IN SPORT EXPOSES ATHLETES TO AN INHERENT RISK OF INJURY. TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES MUST CONDUCT A THOROUGH NEEDS ANALYSIS TO ESTABLISH THE RISK OF INJURY, IDENTIFY MECHANISMS AND RISK FACTORS FOR INJURY, SELECT RELEVANT SCREENING TESTS, AND DESIGN TARGETED INTERVENTIONS BASED ON THE ATHLETE'S RESULTS. USING A SYSTEMS-BASED APPROACH PRESENTED HEREIN, THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS THAT COACHES MUST UNDERTAKE TO DEVELOP EFFECTIVE INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAMS.

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