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13th October 2015


Foundation Matrix Screening as injury prevention tool and focus on motivation and deltagelse with U17 and U19 elite football players - A quantitative intervention study

Author: Emil Rohde Larsen, Alexander Dencker Svendsen, Nikolaj á Rógvi Rasmussen School: Professionshøjskolen UCC, Fysioterapeut uddannelsen Nordsjælland Supervisor:Pernille Thomsen Lektor, Fysioterapeut, Med. Contact person: Alexander Dencker Svendsen.


Soccer is the sport with the highest number of emergency room visits due to sports accidents in 2009. Several studies show that there are a correlation between decreased neuromuscular control (NMC) and injuries in elite athletes. The correlation between reduced NMC and injury incidents is a large part of the foundation in this task. To get a good assessment of NMC it is important that the screening not only involves mechanical or manual testing, but it should also includes a functional assessment. This study is based on the Performance Matrix system in which a screening model, Foundation Matrix (FM) has been developed. This model is designed to identify the instability in athletes.


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of a seven week NMC training program for elite soccer players. This study has emphasized motivating players through sport specific exercises in order to achieve a high participation in the training process.

Material and Methods:

A quantitative intervention study based on nine male elite youth soccer players aged 15-19 years. They conducted a seven week sport specific NMC training courses based on PS concept. Data were treated through non-parametric statistics in the form of the Mann-Whitney test.


A significant improvement in FM score (P = 0,003) and a statistical correlation between FM delta and participation (P = 0,043) was found. There is a drop in motivation in the intervention process.


We can conclude that the players’ FM scores were improved during the seven week training program. At the same time, a link between training volume and improvement in FM score was established. Based on the PS concept as well as our results, we can conclude that WL’s can be reduced in elite soccer players. Methodological sources of error and the size of the data set mean that the value of this study is limited.


Due to the size of this study it should be seen as a pilot study for future research.

In order to allow for evidence based research in this field, randomized controlled trial (RCTs) with a higher number of participants will be required.


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