- Monitoring physical activity and fitness
- Health-related fitness tests for public health monitoring
- Development and evaluation of a 2-km Walking Test
- Health-related fitness test battery
- Health-related fitness tests for older adults
- Motor Skill Test Battery for Adults
- Required motor abilities in commonly practised exercise modes
- Physical activity and motor abilities
- Health 2000 and Health 2011
- Exercise Loading and Bone Structure
- FeetEnergy — promoting physical activity among 8th graders
- Promoting safe participation in physical activity
- Prevention of knee and ankle injuries
- Floorball injuries — epidemiology and prevention
- Effects of exercise on physical functioning, bone strength and fall risk among older women
- Vitamin D and Exercise in Fall Prevention
- Effect of vibration training on physical functioning and risk of falling in older people
- Fall-induced injuries among the elderly in Finland
- Neuromuscular Exercise and Counseling Prevent Low Back Pain
- Risk factors of injuries and injury prevention in youth football
- Promoting health-enhancing physical activity
- Counselling, lifestyle and physical activity in maternity care
- Physical activity counseling in maternity and child health care
- Promoting physical activity among women at risk for gestational diabetes
- Validity of a leisure time physical activity questionnaire
- Pregnant Women’s Work Ability, Sickness Absence and Return to Employment
- Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms
- Breast Cancer and Exercise
- Prevention of Chronic Lower Back Pain in Female Nurses
- Weight Reduction and Long-distance Truck and Bus Drivers
- Physical Activity and Reducing of Headaches
- Developing physical activity counselling
- HEPA Europe Co-operation
- Safety 2016 World Conference
Risk factors of injuries and injury prevention in youth football: a prospective follow-up and a cluster-randomized controlled trial
The overall aim of the study is to investigate risk factors of acute and overuse injuries in youth football, and examine whether a comprehensive warm-up program is effective in preventing injuries. The study is performed during 2013–2015.
The aim of this study is to investigate anatomical, physiological, psychosocial and environmental risk factors for sports injuries, and examine whether a neuromuscular training is effective in preventing injuries. In addition, we will investigate what factors support or inhibit implementation of the preventive actions.
The Eerikkilä Sports Institute in the City of Tammela is a national football training center in Finland. In each year, the center recruits 20–30 youth clubs for a comprehensive player-development program called Sami Hyypiä Academy (SHA). 1500 young female and male players, aged 10–14 years, are selected for SHA-program annually. The participating players visit the SHA twice a year.
This injury prevention study will be carried out beside the SHA-project in 2013–2015. During each three-day-long SHA-camp players perform performance tests and fill structured questionnaires about their background information, and tactic and psychological skills. During the follow-up individual training and playing time, as well as injuries are registered.
The first stage of the study starts in autumn 2013 with the baseline tests, after which practice and injury data of the players are collected for 14 months. The tests are conducted also in spring 2014 and autumn 2014. After the third tests in December 2014 the participating teams are randomized to an intervention and control group.
The intervention starts in January 2015. The tests are repeated during spring 2015 and after the 22-weeks training to assess the training effects on players’ performance. The practice and injury data are collected also in the intervention stage. Study outcomes are sports injuries and their risk factors (including test outcomes), as well as study experiences, adherence and compliance of participants.
We hypothesize that by training program it would be possible to improve young players’ motor skills and body control to reduce harmful forces to the musculoskeletal system and thus decrease the sports injury incidence. We will be able to investigate diverse factors that can predispose a young player to injury, and experimental and behavioural factors that may restrain participation and adherence to preventive actions.
Systematic injury prevention in youth sports is important in creating a strong basis for lifelong physical activity, health and wellbeing, and in lowering the costs of injuries.
The funding for the study (2013–2016) is applied from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Kati Pasanen, Research and Developing Manager
Sami Hyypiä Akatemia
Kilpa- ja huippu-urheilun tutkimuskeskus
Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center/Norwegian School of Sports Sciences