This article provides a summary of the Knee Control injury prevention programme
for young floorball athletes. Special considerations for girls are listed.
471 community-level floorball athletes aged between 12 to 17 (Sweden).
floorball – a form of hockey with 5 players and a goalkeeper; played in 68 countries
31 teams (females: 8, males: 23)
301 players (females: 107, males: 194)
aged 13.6 (±1.1) (females: 13.8, males: 13.5)
16 teams (females: 3, males: 13)
170 players (females: 35, males: 135)
aged 13.2 (±1.3) (females: 13.6, males: 13.1)
Cluster randomised controlled trial.
cluster – all teams from the same club were randomised to be in the same group
- Running warm-up and the Knee Control injury prevention programme: lower limb and core strength, neuromuscular control, balance, jumping and landing.
- 10-15 minutes used before each training session in-season (and running component used before each game)
- on average 1.45 (±1.02) sessions per week
- There were 349 unique injuries in 222 athletes (47%) during the study.
- The intervention group had a 35% lower incidence of all injuries and a 45% lower incidence of acute injuries compared with the control group.
- There was no difference in overuse injuries.
- Females in the intervention group had a higher prevalence of knee injuries compared to the control group. Most of these knee injuries were overuse injuries.
- Compliance with intervention programme was on average 84% (range 13 – 100%) (F: 83% M: 85%).
Take home message
For a clinician
The Knee Control programme was effective in reducing the injuries (overall and acute injuries) in young (12-17 years old) floorball players.
For a parent
The Knee Control programme can prevent acute injuries in young floorball players.
For an athlete
If you are playing floorball: the Knee Control programme may prevent you from getting injured.
Åkerlund I, Waldén M, Sonesson S, Hägglund M. Forty-five per cent lower acute injury incidence but no effect on overuse injury prevalence in youth floorball players (aged 12–17 years) who used an injury prevention exercise programme: two-armed parallel-group cluster randomised controlled trial. British journal of sports medicine. 2020 Jan 28.