THE SCIENCE OF IN­JURY

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New data col­lected by the AIS has re­vealed that the risk of in­jury is the same across all sports, lev­els and gen­ders.

“Sta­tis­ti­cally and clin­i­cally we see that peo­ple get in­jured 2.7 times in a [boom-bust pat­tern],” Drew says. “We’ve recorded up to 16 in­juries in a year be­cause of this, and that’s with an elite ath­lete with a sup­port sys­tem.

“So we’re try­ing to ad­vise peo­ple to go that bit slower. You may not get the im­me­di­ate re­sults but they are sus­tain­able for life.”

Drew says a good rule of thumb is to only in­crease your train­ing load by 10 per cent per week.

He also says risk of in­jury is de­ter­mined by how ac­tive you’ve been in the past 28 days.

“Sud­den in­creases in load pose a risk. The ques­tion should be, how do I know if I’m do­ing too much too soon?” he says.

“If over a week you dou­ble what you’ve been av­er­ag­ing per week in that month, you bear a three- to five-times in­creased risk of in­jury for one month.”

Not train­ing enough can also heighten the risk of in­jury, Drew adds. “Miss­ing a ses­sion here and there low­ers your av­er­age for that week, which in turn low­ers your monthly av­er­age, ex­pos­ing you to more risk,” he says.

“Once you get a good monthly work­load, fight to keep it be­cause once you start to go back­wards, [when] you want to go back to where you were you give your­self some risk. You’re only as good as your last 28 days.”

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