Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) joined with the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) to receive funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to implement the FIFA 11+ warm up exercise program in youth soccer clubs in Ontario. Studies have shown that participating in the FIFA 11+ program at least 1.5x per week results in up to 43% reduction in knee and ankle injury rates. Information on the FIFA 11+ warm up program can be found at http://f-marc.com/11plus/home/.
The program is being implemented in Ontario with training sessions being arranged with the clubs. The sessions are 1.5 hours in length and provide training on injury prevention, implementation advice as well as demonstrating the FIFA 11+ exercises. Through working with the clubs we have learned that the coaches are extremely familiar with the running exercises however they often have less experience with the strengthening and plyometric. Health care professionals are therefore being trained alongside the coaches with active participation from chiropractors, athletic therapists, kinesiologists as well as physiotherapists. The Ontario Trillium Foundation funding is available to support these health care professionals in ongoing work with the club. Health care professionals are also reinforcing the concepts of injury prevention with injured players so that they understand the importance of injury prevention for lifelong participation in sport and recreation.
Information on the courses with the soccer clubs is updated at www.boneandjointcanada.com . Promotional tools including poster and tear off pads are also available for free through the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org To find out more about the program including booking a training session you can email FIFA11plus@gmail.com