Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

New Zealand Football tackles $25 million injury issue

New Zealand Football tackles $25 million injury issue
March 19, 2015

New Zealand Football is aiming to tackle the issue of football injuries, which, each year, takes thousands of players away from the game they love while costing the country around $25 million dollars a year.

In partnership with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), New Zealand Football is currently rolling out the FIFA 11+ injury prevention programme across the country.

Headed by New Zealand Football Medical Director, Dr Mark Fulcher, the programme – designed by FIFA on the back of comprehensive research commissioned across all levels of the game – centres around a warm-up which reduces the risk of injury in football.

Dr Fulcher explains "it’s a 20-minute warm-up designed to be done in place of a more standard warm-up and if we can do this twice a week we can reduce the risk of injury significantly.

“It really is a no-brainer, the programme has been studied extremely well and we know by using the warm-up we can reduce the risk of severe injury by 50% and reduce the risk of all injury by 30%.

“At a personal level, players obviously don’t like getting injured and New Zealand Football is concerned about the welfare of our playing group so it’s a simple, effective way we can look after our players.

“From a financial point of view, the cost to New Zealand of football-related injuries each year is about $25 million and so if we can reduce the risk of injury it will provide a massive saving for the community.”

Mirroring work being done in some of the world’s top football nations, the delivery of the programme includes a series of workshops scheduled in each federation during the year while it has also been included in the schedule of New Zealand’s elite sides, coaching courses and as part of the code’s club development scheme.

Dr Fulcher adds "what we’re doing is very similar to what’s being done in Spain, Japan and Brazil and also at Barcelona so we’re in very prestigious company.

“We’re working closely with the Federations who have been integral in getting this programme off the ground.”

Fulcher says the workshops will see participants leave as FIFA-certified instructors in the programme and that growing pool of people will be able to spread the word about injury prevention.

He explains "our goal for this year is to educate 500 trainers and we’re already down the path a little bit.

 “Success will be seeing the FIFA 11+ being delivered at every club across the country. Over the next three years, as we continue this work with ACC, hopefully more and more players are doing the programme and we’ll see some tangible change in our injury statistics.”

With the weight of the studies undertaken by FIFA behind the rollout, New Zealand Football is also sharing the knowledge with other sports codes in the country.

Dr Fulcher states "the type of study and the size of the studies that have been done are going to be difficult for other codes to replicate.

"We’re actively working with ACC, who have been a major supporter of this programme, to share some of that knowledge – particular with netball but also rugby and rugby league.”

Julie Foster, a local physiotherapist, attended the first workshop in Napier last week and is right behind the programme which provides a standard approach anyone can use.

Foster explains “I found it very useful.

"I’m very supportive of being able to implement a standard programme that fits all people across age-groups, especially adolescents.

“I really support the principle of knees over toes and building core strength from the pelvis with alignment. It’s something we teach all the time and it’s really good to see it coming in at a coaching level.”

With FIFA 11+ workshops already held in Napier, Albany and Dunedin upcoming events will be held in:

Capital Football 
Monday 23rd March, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Home of Capital Football, Memorial Park, Petone
Click here to register

Mainland Football
Wednesday 25th March, 7pm-9pm

ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Click here to register

WaiBOP Football
Monday 30th March, 6.30-8.30pm

Links Avenue Reserve, Tauranga
Click here to register

Auckland Football 
Monday 13th April, 6.30pm-8.30pm

John Walker Lounge, Mt Smart Stadium
Click here to register

For more information go to www.nzfootball.co.nz/nzf-tackling-25-million-issue/

5th November 2014 - FOOTBALL CODES THE LEADING CAUSE OF HOSPITALISED SPORTS INJURY

8th September 2014 - FOOTBALL GROWS IN POPULARITY IN NEW ZEALAND


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

NovoFit

NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

EventPro

At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…

read more

Events / Hospitality / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

SICO SOUTH PACIFIC

SICO is at the forefront in innovative mobile folding and rolling, space efficient tables, stages, dance floors and many other products which help our customers optimise their use of space. Image…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Venues

 
 

Mattioli

Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…

read more

Aquatics / Recreation / Safety

 
 

PULSETEC SOLUTIONS

PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Technology / Venues

 
 

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business