Consistency of Field-Based Measures of Neuromuscular Control Using Force Plate Diagnostics in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players

Read, Paul and Oliver, Jon L and De Ste Croix, Mark B and Myer, G D and Lloyd, R S (2016) Consistency of Field-Based Measures of Neuromuscular Control Using Force Plate Diagnostics in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30 (12). pp. 3304-3311. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

Deficits in neuromuscular control during movement patterns such as landing are suggested pathomechanics that underlie sport-related injury. A common mode of assessment is measurement of landing forces during jumping tasks; however, these measures have been used less frequently in male youth soccer players and reliability data is sparse. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability of a field-based neuromuscular control screening battery using force plate diagnostics in this cohort. Twenty six pre-peak height velocity (PHV) and twenty five post-PHV elite male youth soccer players completed a drop vertical jump (DVJ), single leg 75% horizontal hop and stick (75%HOP) and single leg countermovement jump (SLCMJ). Measures of peak landing vertical ground reaction force (pVGRF), time to stabilisation (TTS), time to pVGRF, and pVGRF asymmetry were recorded. A test, re-test design was used and reliability statistics included: change in mean, intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and coefficient of variation (CV). No significant differences in mean score were reported for any of the assessed variables between test sessions. In both groups, pVGRF and asymmetry during the 75%HOP and SLCMJ demonstrated largely acceptable reliability (CV ≤ 10%). Greater variability was evident in DVJ pVGRF and all other assessed variables, across the three protocols (CV range = 13.8 - 49.7%). ICC values ranged from small to large and were generally higher in the post-PHV players. The results of this study suggest that pVGRF and asymmetry can be reliably assessed using a 75%HOP and SLCMJ in this cohort. These measures could be utilized to support a screening battery for elite male youth soccer players and for test re-test comparison.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Read, Paul and Oliver, Jon L and De Ste Croix, Mark B and Myer, G D and Lloyd, R S (2016) Consistency of Field-Based Measures of Neuromuscular Control Using Force Plate Diagnostics in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30 (12). pp. 3304-3311.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landing force; Injury; Screening
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 14:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 18:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3532

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