Injury prevention – Tools and resources for preparing your body for sports

Injuries can happen in sport at every level. Being injured can have significant effects on performance, longevity in sports, and enjoyment. The good news is, injuries can be prevented.

There is a large amount of research evidence to support the benefits of warm-up exercises and strength & conditioning exercises that will significantly reduce your risk of injury.

As an athlete, or parent, or coach you have the ability to prevent injuries simply by doing these exercises, or including these exercises into training or gym programs.

Mobile App for injury prevention

Get Set – Train Smarter – a free app for injury prevention exercises, developed by the International Olympic Committee especially for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, this app focuses on injury prevention and has been produced in collaboration with Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, experts, and several International Federations.

The target group is not only elite athletes and their coaches, but anyone engaged in physical activity. Get Set – Train Smarter was also created to help prevent sports injuries by providing the most effective and evidence-based exercises for your needs. With various exercises, this app caters to everyone, regardless of their ability or level of play.

With a total of 55 sports covered, you will find specific exercises tailored to your sport, and or specific to the body site you want to work on.  All exercises are presented through videos with easy-to-follow instructions on how to perform the exercise correctly and with 3 levels to make them more difficult and challenging as you progress. The ‘Get Set’ exercises are designed to be carried out with minimum equipment, to make them safe and easy to implement wherever you are.

Get Set Train Smarter is available on iOS and Android, in 9 languages (English, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Chinese, Korean, Finnish, and Norwegian)

Resources

ACC SportSmart resources and guidelines, developed in conjunction with experts and researchers to help prevent injuries in some key sports in NZ.

These resources are available online or can be ordered as posters, booklets or cards for ease of use

Visit www.accsportsmart.co.nz

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