Injury prevention programs: facts and figures for decision-makers

Estimations of the wages paid to injured players and effects on team performance across major North American sports leagues. (data from Kitman labs –

Injuries cost athletes and sports teams both time and money. Yet, investment in injury prevention remains the ultimate grudge purchase in the sporting world. Team managers view injury prevention as unexciting, time-consuming, and undependable. However, it is something of a taboo to forsake injury prevention efforts altogether. As a result, many athletes and organizations go through the motions of injury prevention fairly aimlessly. They lack clear expectations regarding an appropriate investment and what sort of return to expect on that investment.

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Jason Tee
Jason Tee
Coach educator and performance consultant

Coach and sports scientist with an interest in player and coach development