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Flywheel training lowers hamstring injury occurrence in elite soccer players

When elite soccer players perform flywheel training, they are less likely to experience hamstring injuries. If that alone does not convince you: they also significantly increase strength and running speed compared to the control group that does not use flywheel training.

In a previous blog we already mentioned that injuries are the number 1 reason for athletes to lose fitness. Less injuries results in a huge increase in fitness when looking at long term performance. Investing a little time in injury prevention therefore makes sense.

Scientific research about flywheel training and hamstring injury

This scientific study looked at the effect of 1-2 flywheel training sessions per week for 10 weeks in elite soccer players. Every training session consisted of 4 sets with 8 repetitions with the first set serving as specific warm-up. The rest period between sets was approximately 1 minute.

Here you can see an example of the performed hamstring exercise, using the Kynett ONE

Kynett ONE

Results soccer players using flywheel training

30 Elite soccer players of premier-league division teams participated. 15 Of them performed the isoinertial workouts, while 15 others did not.

  • The group that performed flywheel training experienced only 3 hamstring injuries during a 10-month period, while the control group experienced 10 hamstring injuries during the same time.
  • The group that performed flywheel training, significantly increased eccentric- and concentric strength with 19 and 15% respectively, while the control group did not increase strength.
  • The group that performed flywheel training increased 30 meter running speed significantly, while the control group did not.


 

Conclusion

These findings are in line with a previous study that showed that soccer players can reduce injury days by almost 70% when using flywheel training. Finally, we would like to finish with the conclusion of the researchers:

“The positive results from the present study should give an incentive for it [flywheel training] to be utilized more systematically within elite soccer, both from an injury prevention and from performance enhancement point of view”.

Many team coaches and soccer players who care about their performance and want to prevent injuries work with flywheel training. Want to try yourself? Check out our flywheel products!