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Workshop on Injury Prevention and Screening of Players

posted 11 Apr 2013, 07:29 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 Apr 2013, 07:31 ]

On Saturday, at 10 am in the Kanturk GAA rooms, It is hoped (if enough people are interested) hold a Workshop on Injury Prevention and Screening of Players.

Below is some information from Ian McCarthy and Paul Cremin, who have vast experience in this field.

The Workshop is FREE and open to players, parents and coaches.

If you are interested in attending, TXT me on +353831358280 ASAP.

This is only a basic description of the Functional Movement System (FMS) so I would encourage everyone to come to the presentation on Saturday morning! I will also be giving out plenty of free advice on how young athletes can start taking a proactive role in looking after their bodies and I am more than happy to answer any questions coaches, parents or athletes have on Injuries, Rehabilitation, Strength & Condition, Nutrition etc. 

International and provincial rugby have been implementing the FMS system for a number of years now but it still has not been made available to younger athletes in other sports (which is disappointing). From working in the US, I can tell you the FMS is standard for High School, Collegiate and Professional athletes. I'm going to mention some basic points before describing the Functional Movement System 

GAA Injury Database (2007):

The database shows that the most common injuries sustained in Gaelic games are:

1. Hamstring (football: 18.2% of all injuries, hurling: 16.5%)
2. Knee (11.6% of injuries - both codes)
3. Pelvis & Groin (football: 9.4% of all injuries, hurling: 10.4%)
4. Ankle (9% of all injuries - both codes)
5. Shoulder (football: 6.8% of all injuries, hurling: 6%)
6. Wrist & Hand (football: 4.2% of all injuries, hurling: 10.3%)

·  Recurrent injuries generally require significantly longer recovery periods (typical "return to play" time for a new hamstring injury is 18.5 days [football] or 16.5 days [hurling]; this rises to 41 days (f) and 30.5 days (h) for a recurrent injury) ***

·  A large percentage of injuries that occur from sports are NON CONTACT Many of these are preventable!! 

·  How??  The top 3 predisposing risk factors to injury are:   

1. History of a previous injury (cannot change)

2. Asymmetries    (ability to alter through corrective exercise)

3. Limitation          (ability to alter through corrective exercise)

The FMS system places the athletes in positions where these weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations can be observed 

What we can do??

• Screen the athletes to identify movement patterns that increase an athletes risk of getting injured

• Determine who is “at-risk” 

• Implement corrective exercises to reduce risky movement patterns in athletes

What is the Functional Movement Screen??

            ·  The FMS is comprised of a series of 7 fundamental movements that evaluate an athlete’s mobility and stability

·  It places the athlete in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility is not utilised

·  Scored 0-3 for total of 21 points  4 times greater risk of injury if FMS score is <14 (Chorba, 2010)

·  The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopaedic problems but rather to demonstrate limitations or asymmetries in healthy/pain free individuals. We are hoping NOT to find something!