Prevention of Injury

Having learned that one of the most important risk factors for football injuries is a previous injury, F-MARC realised that prevention should begin as soon as players train or play at an organised level.

F-MARC had initially developed a preventive programme for youth amateur players and proven its effect in reducing injuries by a comparison with players not following the programme. Shortly thereafter, a cooperating research group showed that the “Prevent Injury Enhance Performance” (PEP) programme effectively reduced the incidence of ACL ruptures in female football players.

Based on these two initial studies and the meanwhile accumulated body of knowledge, F-MARC developed a simple, catchy and time efficient preventive programme called “The 11” targeting amateur players.

To some extent, improved players´ fitness and skills can prevent injuries, however, a substantial amount of injuries is caused by foul play. Therefore, the observance of the laws of the game, and particularly of Fair Play, is essential for effective prevention of football injuries.

Accordingly, “The 11″consist of ten exercises plus the promotion of Fair Play (click on the right to view a demonstration of “The 11”). In cooperation with the national accident compensation companies and the respective FIFA Member Associations, “The 11” has meanwhile been implemented in countrywide campaigns in Switzerland and New Zealand. In 2007, an advanced version of the programme called “The 11+” has been tested in a large study with youth amateur female players in Norway.

“The 11+” takes new insights from F-MARC studies into consideration and proved successful indeed as it reduced the injury rate in this target group by up to a third.

Quoted from the FIFA Website.

Advances in football medicine research at SSPC

SSPC associated with SSISA has been accredited as a FIFA F-MARC of Medical Excellence.

After a longstanding association with football in South Africa, and specifically Cape Town through the Ajax Cape Town Football Club, we consider ourselves knowledgable in the field of football medicine.

Theo Calligeris, Rashaad Jakoet, Ian Meder are qualified as FIFA F-Marc 11+ Instructors, and have presented a range of workshops in the Cape Town area. Theo Calligeris was also selected to work at the Cape Town Stadium during the FIFA World Cup 2010!

Theo Calligeris completed his Masters thesis in Sports Physiotherapy at UCT on “the incidence of injury and exposure times in professional footballers playing in a professional football club in the PSL during a football season”. This lead to the develpment of the latest software application called PSS (Professional Soccer Software) in association with SSMS to help develop football in South Africa. Visit for more………

The more you know!

Theo Calligeris have performed extensive research on football injuries, and has complete his Masters degree at UCT.

Rashaad Jakoet has completed his Masters degree in Physiotherapy at UCT.

Ian Meder has completed his Masters degree in Physiotherapy at UWC.

Brent Hess has completed his Masters degree in Physiotherapy at UWC.

Grethe Geldenhuys has completed her Masters degree at UCT.

Carmen Cowley is currently studying there Master degree at UCT……

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