Neuromuscular programs are gaining more and more momentum as great injury prevention tools as well as performance enhancement strategies. We’ve particularly seen this in football, with the FIFA 11+ program used for injury prevention with significant reduction rates in both male and female football players. This is particularly seen in those injuries that are thought to be preventable, non-contact injuries. We’re starting to see growing evidence in other sports with great programs developed such as the Netball KNEE program
being developed in recent years.
Performance enhancement is one of those big keys that we all want to see from our programs. Firstly, if injury prevention isn't performance enhancement, then we don't know what is. Having the greatest number of available players for any team during a match is certainly a plus! Some studies have shown increases in dynamic balance and agility.
Below is an example of a neuromuscular warm-up program we have put together to help prevent injury and get our basketballers ready for training or the game ahead! There are many examples and other options we can put into this. Plus, we can make it more individual specific based on previous injuries.
Focus on good technique.
Each is done to half court with jogging back to the baseline.