All Whites warm up the right way

Luke Adams and Storm Roux going through the FIFA 11+ warm-up at All Whites training on Tuesday. Photo by Photosport.

If you’re at Mt Smart Stadium early on Friday and see the All Whites leaping at each other and shuffling around each other in ways that look a bit different, they haven’t lost their minds, they’re implementing world’s best practise in the area of injury prevention.

If you’re at Mt Smart Stadium early on Friday and see the All Whites leaping at each other and shuffling around each other in ways that look a bit different, they haven’t lost their minds, they’re implementing world’s best practise in the area of injury prevention.

Comprehensively studied across a range of different types of footballers, the FIFA 11 plus warm-up is a combination of running, balancing and strengthening exercises which has been rolled out in all New Zealand Football High Performance Programmes, National Talent Centres, Federation Talent Centres and coaching courses.

New Zealand Football doctor Mark Fulcher says the football specific warm-up has a firm footing when you look at the science behind its development.

“It’s a programme developed by FIFA which involved a number of international experts in the field of injury prevention,” Fulcher said.

“They’ve pooled their resources and there is compelling data behind the programme. “It has been shown to reduce the risk of injury by 30 percent and reduce the risk of severe injury – things like an ACL rupture – by 50 percent.

“It takes no more than 20 minutes to do and if you do it twice a week, you’re looking at a significant reduction in the chance of injury.”

After a workshop held in Auckland earlier this year by professor Jiri Dvorak, chairman of the FIFA Medical and Research Centre, high performance coaches and development staff throughout New Zealand in all areas of the game became FIFA certified trainers – a move which is also being replicated in the world’s top football environments.

“Not many countries have done a nationwide rollout but the ones that have are massive footballing nations; we talking about Spain, Brazil, Germany and Japan while Barcelona have also incorporated it into their youth programmes.”

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