Is screening still a useful tool? It depends! A case example of male youth soccer players

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Paul Read

This presentation begins by reviewing injury risk factors for male youth soccer players and key considerations for designing appropriate field-based screening protocols for this cohort. A number of factors for accurate interpretation will then be examined to provide delegates with essential tools to analyse critically if screening should be included and how the results can be used to risk stratify their athletes. The final part of this session will demonstrate how an evidence-based approach can be applied practically by S&C coaches in training programme design and monitoring strategies to maximise player development. By delivering key information to delegates relating to injury risk factors and providing real-world practical strategies, this presentation promises to translate science into practice, ultimately providing tools to coaches to reduce the relative risk of injury of their young athletes. BIOG: Paul Read is a S&C coach and clinical researcher at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, a world leading centre for athlete health and rehabilitation located in Qatar. His research to date has focused largely on assessment strategies of lower limb neuromuscular control and injury risk factors in elite male youth soccer players. Paul is a fully accredited S&C coach with both the UKSCA and NSCA, and is currently consulting with professional and international athletes in a range of disciplines. In addition to his professional experience, Paul has also authored over 50 research publications for world leading journals in the fields of sports medicine, science and strength and conditioning.