Craig from Flow Physio Co Sutherland talks to us about a recent study that looked at the effects of strength training on injury risk. Read on for more.
Strength training programs as a whole reduced the likelihood of injury by 66% (Lauersen et al 2018)
A recent meta-analysis of 6 studies with a combined total of 7739 participants aged from 12-40 published in the BJSM looked at strengthening intervention on injury risk.
It was found that strength training programs as a whole reduced the likelihood of injury by 66% with 95% certainty!
It was also found that the longer programs provided the most favourable results.
The programs had an average of 8 months with zero adverse effects reported.
Strength training appears to have a direct preventative effect for injuries of the hamstrings, ACL and anterior knee pain.
Take Home Messages:
This study obviously indicates the benefits of implementing a strengthening program for all athletes and weekend warriors regardless of age or sport
Consistency over time provides the greatest benefits
Strength training is safe
Appropriate dosage and progression is important
Reference: Lauersen JB, Andersen TE, Andersen LB. Strength training as superior, dose-dependent and safe prevention of acute and overuse sports injuries: a systematic review, qualitative analysis and meta-analysis Br J Sports Med 2018;52:1557-1563.