The benefits of periodic health evaluation in professional football: A focus on musculoskeletal screening
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Injury and illness are common in professional football, causing substantial morbidity, and may have potentially negative long-term health consequences on the player. A periodic health evaluation (PHE) or screening examination is a widely used method to detect and manage health problems which may influence the athlete’s ability to train or compete. It is also used as a method to identify the athlete at risk with a view to implementing targeted prevention measures. FIFA encourages all football teams at the elite level to complete the football-specific Pre-Competition Medical Assessment (PCMA), which includes a comprehensive cardiovascular, general medical and musculoskeletal assessment. However, there has been limited research into the effectiveness of PHE, with the efficacy of PHE in detecting serious risk factors and health conditions being questioned. The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate the benefits of PHE in professional football with a focus on the musculoskeletal screening.Paper I: Health conditions detected in a comprehensive periodic health evaluation of 558 professional football players. Br J Sports Med 2016 Sep; 50(18):1142-50. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-095829. Epub 2016 Mar 24.Paper II: Muscle strength is a poor screening test for predicting lower extremity injuries in professional male soccer: A 2-year prospective cohort study. Am J Sports Med, Accepted 28 November 2017Paper III: The functional movement test 9+ is a poor screening test for lower extremity injuries in professional male football players: a 2-year prospective cohort study. Br J Sports Med 2017, May 16. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-097307. [Epub ahead of print]Paper IV: Interseason variability of a functional movement test, the 9+ screening battery, in professional male football players. Br J Sports Med 2017 Jul; 51 (14): 1081-1086. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096570. Epub 2016 Sep 6.
Avhandling (doktorgrad) - Norges idrettshøgskole, 2018