A Prediction Model for the Prevention of Youth Soccer Injuries

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A prediction model for the prevention of soccer injuries amongst youth players JH Serfontein B.Physiotherapy, M.Ed Movement Education Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Philosophiae Doctor in Educational Sciences (Movement Education) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University Supervisor: Co Supervisor: May 2009 Prof EJ Spamer Dr C Janse van Rensburg i ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS “The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future” Eric Hoffer (American writer 1902 - 1983) I wish to thank the following people for their contributions towards this research study: • Larry Brookestone, previous CEO of Platinum Stars FC for his help in getting the club involved • • • The principles of St Conrad’s College and Milner High School in Klerksdorp Professor Manie Spamer for his never-ending support and guidance throughout completion Professor Faans Steyn for his contributions towards getting the statistical processing done and always helping out without delay • The coaches and players from Milner High School, St Conrad’s College and the Platinum Stars development teams. • My loving wife Cindy for always supporting me and putting up with going to bed alone many nights while I slaved away in front of my laptop. • • • • • • Bert Hattingh for his support and help with the biomechanical evaluations Yvette Fraser for her support while working at De La Port and Hattingh Physiotherapy Sue Lyons for her help with the language editing To my parents for their support and encouragement To Ms Karien Mostert for predicting this Doctorate in 2003 Finally, The Lord Almighty for blessing me with the ability to complete this research Johann April 2009 ii SUMMARY Background: Football (Soccer) is arguably the most popular sport in the international sporting arena. A survey conducted by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football

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