Published online Apr 18, 2017. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v8.i4.317
Peer-review started: September 28, 2016
First decision: November 10, 2016
Revised: January 11, 2017
Accepted: February 8, 2017
Article in press: February 13, 2017
Published online: April 18, 2017
To study the effect of balance intervention program using the “FIFA 11+” program on static and dynamic balance and kicking accuracy of young soccer players.
Twenty young soccer players were allocated to experimental (n = 10) or control (n = 10) groups. The experimental group performed the “FIFA 11+” program three times a week for six weeks. The control group performed their normal warm-up routine. The primary outcomes were measured pre and post intervention, and assessed kicking accuracy, static balance and dynamic balance.
No differences were found in kicking accuracy following intervention, for both groups, however, static balance improved significantly among the experimental group with significant interaction with the control group, and with high effect size. In addition, the dynamic balance of the left leg of the experimental group, with medium effect size for interaction between groups.
The large effect size of balance improvement that was observed following six weeks of intervention sessions, implies that soccer trainers and coaches should consider the inclusion of “FIFA 11+” as components of programs aimed at improving balance ability/control in young soccer players, as improvement in balance abilities may prevent injuries.
Core tip: The implementation of “FIFA 11+” for six weeks of intervention, led to a large effect size of balance improvement among young soccer players. As improvement in balance abilities may prevent injuries, soccer trainers and coaches should consider the inclusion of “FIFA 11+” as a component of training programs in young soccer players.