A review of field-based assessments of neuromuscular control and their utility in male youth soccer players
De Ste Croix, Mark
Lloyd, Rhodri S.
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
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Lower extremity injuries in male youth soccer are common and equate to a substantial time-loss from training and competitions during the course of a season. Extended periods of absence will impact player involvement in skill and physical development activities, as well as participation in competitive match play. Neuromuscular risk factors for lower extremity injury in male youth soccer players can be categorized into quadriceps dominance; leg dominance; ligament dominance; trunk dominance and reduced dynamic stability. Valid screening methods to identify risk factors that are practically viable are needed for youth athletes who may be at a greater risk of injury in soccer. While field-based tests of neuromuscular control provide a reliable option for the assessment of injury risk in adults and females, less data are available in male youth soccer players and further research is required to examine their ability to predict injury risk. This article provides a review of the current literature pertaining to field-based screening tests and critically appraises their suitability for use with male youth soccer players. Currently the only method that has been validated in male youth soccer players is the landing error scoring system. Asymmetrical anterior reach measured during the Y-Balance test may also be considered due to its strong predictive ability in male youth basketball players; however, further research is required to fully support its use with soccer players
Journal of Stength and Conditioning Research;
Read, P.J., Oliver, J.L., Croix, M.B.D.S., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (2017) 'A Review Of Field-Based Assessments Of Neuromuscular Control And Their Utility In Male Youth Soccer Players', The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002069
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This article was published in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research on 22 June 2017 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002069
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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Development and validation of a novel movement screen to predict lower extremity injury in male youth soccer players Read, Paul (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2016)Lower extremity non-contact injuries are common in male youth soccer players. Altered neuromuscular control defined as muscle strength, power or activation patterns that lead to increased joint loads has been suggested as ...
Read, Paul; Oliver, Jon; De Ste Croix, Mark; Myer, Greg; Lloyd, Rhodri S. (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2016)Altered neuromuscular control has been suggested as a mechanism for injury in soccer players. Ligamentous injuries most often occur during dynamic movements, such as decelerations from jump-landing maneuvers where high ...
Read, P.J.; Oliver, Jon; De Ste Croix, M.B.; Myer, G.D.; Lloyd, Rhodri S. (Springer, 2016-02-08)Injuries reported in male youth soccer players most commonly occur in the lower extremities, and include a high proportion of ligament sprains at the ankle and knee with a lower proportion of overuse injuries. There is ...