Single leg drop jump is affected by physical capacities in male soccer players following ACL reconstruction

Maestroni, Luca, Turner, Anthony, Papadopoulos, Konstantinos, Pedley, Jason, Sideris, Vasileios and Read, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-1508-8602 (2023) Single leg drop jump is affected by physical capacities in male soccer players following ACL reconstruction. Science and Medicine in Football. doi:10.1080/24733938.2023.2225481 (In Press)

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Single leg drop jump (SLDJ) assessment is commonly used during the later stages of rehabilitation to identify residual deficits in reactive strength but the effects of physical capacity on kinetic and kinematic variables in male soccer players following ACL reconstruction remain unknown. Isokinetic knee extension strength, kinematics from an inertial measurement unit 3D system and SLDJ performance variables and mechanics derived from a force plate were measured in 64 professional soccer players (24.7 ± 3.4 years) prior to return to sport (RTS). SLDJ between-limb differences was measured (part 1) and players were divided into tertiles based on isokinetic knee extension strength (weak, moderate and strong) and reactive strength index (RSI) (low, medium and high) (part 2). Moderate to large significant differences between the ACL reconstructed and uninjured limb in SLDJ performance (d = 0.92–1.05), kinetic (d = 0.62–0.71) and kinematic variables (d = 0.56) were evident. Stronger athletes jumped higher (p = 0.002; d = 0.85), produced greater concentric (p = 0.001; d = 0.85) and eccentric power (p = 0.002; d = 0.84). Similar findings were present for RSI, but the effects were larger (d = 1.52–3.84). Weaker players, and in particular those who had lower RSI, displayed landing mechanics indicative of a ‘stiff’ knee movement strategy. SLDJ performance, kinetic and kinematic differences were identified between-limbs in soccer players at the end of their rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction. Players with lower knee extension strength and RSI displayed reduced performance and kinetic strategies associated with increased injury risk.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ACL reconstruction; Drop jump; Soccer
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Q Science > QP Physiology > QP301.H75 Physiology. Sport
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2023 07:59
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:06

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