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.