It’s the taboo of sport that no one likes to talk about – injuries! Sports injuries can break athlete's hearts and cripple dreams. The harsh reality is that most young athletes will be affected by injury at some stage in their early lives.
The National Athletic Trainers Association (USA) recently found that 50% of youth athlete injuries could have been prevented by an appropriate physical preparation program. Injury may be unavoidable, but it is an educated game of risk management. The smaller the risk, the less likely you are to be injured. It’s that simple.
As mentioned earlier, although injuries cannot be totally prevented, we can reduce the risk of them occurring by implementing preventative methods. Studies have shown that injury prevention training programmes can reduce our injury rate by 40-50% (Soomro et al., 2015).