Lower-limb flexibility profile analysis in youth competitive inline hockey players

Cejudo, Antonio, Moreno-Alcaraz, Victor J., De Ste Croix, Mark B ORCID: 0000-0001-9911-4355, Santonja-Medina, Fernando and Sainz de Baranda, Pilar (2020) Lower-limb flexibility profile analysis in youth competitive inline hockey players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (12). Art No 4338. doi:10.3390/ijerph17124338

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During puberty, the growth of the bones is faster than that of the muscles, which may result in muscular tightness. Muscular tightness and asymmetry have been associated with an increase in injury incidence. The assessment of a joint range of motion (ROM) could help to identify athletes classified as high injury risk. The objectives of the present study were to describe the lower-extremity flexibility profile (LEFP) of youth competitive inline hockey players using the ROM-SPORT battery (I) and to identify muscular tightness and asymmetry (II). Seventy-four young players were examined for maximum passive ankle, knee, and hip ROMs. Muscle asymmetry or tightness was classified according to cutoff scores previously described. The LEFP of the 74 players was 10.8º for hip extension, 26º for hip adduction, 33.6º for ankle dorsiflexion, 38.6º for ankle dorsiflexion with knee flexed, 36.7º for hip abduction, 46º for hip internal rotation, 60.6º for hip external rotation, 65.1º for hip abduction with the hip flexed, 66.3º for hip flexion with the knee extended, 119.7º for knee flexion, and 133.7º for hip flexion. The individual analysis of the flexibility values identified tightness in all players for one or more movement, except for hip abduction. A low prevalence of asymmetries was observed (range: 5.4% to 17.6% of players) depending on the ROM.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young athlete; Injury risk; Athletic development; Tightness; Asymmetry; ROM-SPORT battery
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology > QP301.H75 Physiology. Sport
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ125 Physiology of children and adolescents > RJ131 Children Growth. Child development
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: 16 Jun 2020 11:30
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:07
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8476

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