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Sports 2018, 6(4), 148;

Effects of Strength Training Program and Infrared Thermography in Soccer Athletes Injuries

Escola de Educação Física e Desportes (Departamento de Ginástica), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Av. Carlos Chagas Filho, Cidade Universitária, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro 21.941-590, Brazil
Department of Human Movement, A.T. Still University, 5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206, USA
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Received: 15 August 2018 / Revised: 15 October 2018 / Accepted: 8 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Strength Training in Sprint Sports)
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The purpose of this investigation was to examine the effects of a periodized strength training program and the use of infrared thermography (IRT) in injuries mapping in under 20-year-old (U-20) soccer players. In this study, 26 professional soccer players participated in strength training (ST) twice a week and were tested with IRT consistently across the 1-year. Strength, vertical jump, heat differences and injuries were tracked and analyzed. Results: 69 injuries occurred during 12 months of tracking; most identified injuries were: contusions, sprains, strains to the thigh (n = 16), ankle (n = 15) and knee (n = 12). Differences (>7 °C) in IRT patterns were noted among injured and non-injured athletes. Significant improvements in strength (p < 0.005) were found for vertical jump, bench press, front lat pull down, shoulder press, leg press, leg curl and squat. Number of injuries decreased from 23 (33.3%) to 14 (20.3%) when early year rates were compared to late year (p < 0.005). Combined ST and IRT represent useful strategies for reducing injuries among U-20 soccer players. View Full-Text
Keywords: periodization; treatment outcome; performance; contusions periodization; treatment outcome; performance; contusions

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Menezes, P.; Rhea, M.R.; Herdy, C.; Simão, R. Effects of Strength Training Program and Infrared Thermography in Soccer Athletes Injuries. Sports 2018, 6, 148.

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