The Effect of Neuromuscular Training Program in Futsal Players

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Updated on 4 October 2022
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Despite its popularity, there has been limited research on futsal, possibly due to the lack of financial interest in the game, and most of these research articles have addressed game analysis and/or physiological demands on players during match playing and training. For this reason, our aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of an 8-week neuromuscular training program on performance, physical fitness and injury risk in university futsal players.


Futsal, known as five-on-five indoor soccer, is a team sport officially authorized by FIFA and is becoming more and more popular all over the world. Futsal is among the 10 risky sports with the highest traumatic injuries. Futsal-induced traumas cause undesirable consequences such as accelerated osteoarthritis, different types of injuries in the muscle-tendon region, ligament injuries, cartilage injuries, loss of physical activity and higher repetitive injuries. Activities that result in a higher level of fitness can significantly reduce the likelihood of injury and serve as a useful tool for athletes' professional careers and post-career periods.

Neuromuscular control, which is considered a critical component of motor skills, is defined as the ability to keep the body's center of gravity within the base of support (17, 18). It can be categorized as static or dynamic balance and may be the most modifiable risk factor for the prevention of knee injuries (19). Interventions targeting neuromuscular control include dynamic lower extremity alignment during landing from a jump, shock absorption, muscle recruitment patterns; and gains improvement in balance through plyometric, strengthening, balancing, endurance and stability exercises (20-22). Neuromuscular training program can improve neuromuscular control, which can lead to improvement in balance and joint stability (23-24).

In our study, it was aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an 8-week neuromuscular training program on performance, physical fitness and injury risk in university futsal players.

Condition Sports Physical Therapy
Treatment Neuromuscular exercise Training, Routine training sessions
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05281653
SponsorMedipol University
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Playing in Istanbul Medipol University futsal team
days a week, 2 hours training for futsal or 1 game a week and 2 hours a week, 2 days a week

Exclusion Criteria

History of lower extremity injury or surgery within 6 months prior to the test
Injury three months before the study
Failure to heal or complete rehabilitation of previous injury
Physical or mental conditions that prevent them from participating in technical and tactical futsal training and/or experimental training programs
Two or more missed training sessions
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