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Knee injuries are a major concern for Australian football players and coaches. Knee injuries create a financial and physical burden for injured payer. The Preventing Australian Football Injuries through eXercise (PAFIX) project was a large scale study designed to understand and prevent knee injuries in community Australian football. The PAFIX study involved following 18 community-level Australian football clubs in Western Australia and Victoria through an entire season. The PAFIX project was unique from other sports injury prevention studies, because a multi-level approach was used to understand the cause and prevention of knee injuries in community Australian football.

1: Epidemiological component – injury surveillance (the counting of injuries) and monitoring of training/game exposures

2: Biomechanical component – biomechanical, mobility and neuromuscular parameters assessed to the fundamental effect of training on these factors and injury risk.

3: Behavioural component – evaluation of player and coach attitudes, knowledge, behaviours and compliance.

4: Implementation component – Extensive research was focused on understanding the reasons why and why not an injury prevention exercise programme would be successful in a community football setting.

The link below will provide you with access to the publication which outlined  the methodology of the project.

Finch CF, Lloyd D, Elliot B. The preventing Australian football injuries with exercise (PAFIX) study- a group randomised control trial.





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