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Medicina dello Sport 2020 June;73(2):291-301

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.20.03677-7


language: English, Italian

Fascia and movement: the primary link in the prevention of accidents in soccer. Revision and models of intervention

Vincenzo C. FRANCAVILLA 1, Federico GENOVESI 2, Alessio ASMUNDO 3, Nunzio R. DI NUNNO 4, Antonio AMBROSI 5, Nicola TARTAGLIA 5, Domenico TAFURI 6, Vincenzo MONDA 7, Marcellino MONDA 7, Antonietta MESSINA 7, Francesco SESSA 8, Monica SALERNO 9, Girolamo DI MAIO 7, Angela CATAPANO 10, 11, Fabiano CIMMINO 10, Omar MINGRINO 1, Fiorenzo MOSCATELLI 8 , Alessia SCARINCI 12, Maria RUBERTO 13

1 School of Engineering, Architecture, and Motor Sciences, Kore University of Enna, Enna, Italy; 2 Sport Therapist 1st Team Manchester City Football Club, Manchester, UK; 3 Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and of Morphological and Functional Images, University of Messina, Messina, Italy; 4 Department of History, Society and Studies on Humanity, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy; 5 Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy; 6 Department of Motor Sciences and Wellness, Parthenope University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 7 Unit of Dietetic and Sport Medicine, Section of Human Physiology, Department of Experimental Medicine, Luigi Vanvitelli University of Campania, Naples, Italy; 8 Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy; 9 G.F. Ingrassia Department of Medical, Surgical and Advanced Technologies, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 10 Department of Biology, Federico II University, Naples, Italy; 11 Department of Pharmacy, Federico II University, Naples, Italy; 12 Department of Educational Sciences, Psychology, Communication, University of Bari, Bari, Italy; 13 CDR Santa Maria del Pozzo, Somma Vesuviana, Naples, Italy


Accident prevention is certainly the topic of greatest interest in the football medical field. Data literature reported that the risk of injuries is approximately 1000 times greater in professional football than in other occupations; for these reasons, it is very important the prevention. The costs of an accident, both in economic terms and in terms of time away from the playing fields, have pushed researchers from more fields (sports doctors, orthopedists, physiotherapists, sports scientists and physiologists) to find causes regarding muscle and joint injuries and to prevent them. Many researchers have tried the cause of the damage in the anatomic setting: in the single muscle, in the muscular bundle and from the fasciculus to the single myofibril, losing the general system, studying the single function and muscular structure, and not the real physiology movement and the complex connectivity of the anatomical network. For these reasons, we think that the anatomical network and the relationships between the various structures of the body in motion represent the substrate on which we must research. For many years the anatomists have divided the body, while in recent decades it is understood the importance of the elements that unite the body, and in particular to the mechanical connection element: the fascia.

KEY WORDS: Football; Muscles; Injuries; Fascia

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