Movement Variablity Of Pre- Elite Australian Football Athletes With And Without A History Of Groin Pain

Hiram Brooke, Suzi Edwards, Jill L. Cook

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Abstract

Introduction: The prevalence of, and complications associated with, groin injuries in Australian Football establishes it as one of the most debilitating overuse injuries a player can sustain. Overuse injury has been associated with decreased movement variability, and Australian Football is a game with highly repetitive movements such as cutting and running that have been linked with groin injury (Davies, Clarke, Gilmore, Wotherspoon, & Connell, 2009; Hiti, 2011). Therefore, this study aimed to determine whether movement variability during an unanticipated cut task differed between athletes with and without a history of groin injury. Methods: Seventeen male Australian Football players either with a history (HISTORY; n=7) or without a history (CONTROL; n=10) of a groin injury performed 10 successful trials of an unanticipated cut task with a defensive opponent. During each trial, the participants' ground reaction forces three-dimensional kinematics, and surface electromyography were recorded with additional inclusion of an isokinetic hip muscular strength test.Results: Participants with a HISTORY displayed decreased movement variability within the kinematics of the ankle, knee and T12-L1 joints, and ankle, knee and hip joint moments compared to the CONTROL group. Nevertheless, the HISTORY group displayed increased movement variability within the kinematics of the hip and L5-S1 joints, increased body mass, and decreased hip adduction muscular strength compared to CONTROL group. Conclusion: Increased movement variability within lumbopelvic kinematics and decreased hip adduction muscular strength in participants with a history of groin injury support current groin rehabilitation methods of addressing lumbopelvic instability. Our results also highlighted decreased movement variability within the ankle, knee, L5-S1 and T12-L1, which clearly identifies the need for clinical management of the lower limb and thoracic segment to improve functional movement patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport and the National Sports Injury Prevention Conference - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 31 Oct 201203 Nov 2012

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ConferenceInternational Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport and the National Sports Injury Prevention Conference
CountryAustralia
Period31/10/1203/11/12

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    Brooke, H., Edwards, S., & Cook, J. L. (2013). Movement Variablity Of Pre- Elite Australian Football Athletes With And Without A History Of Groin Pain. Poster session presented at International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport and the National Sports Injury Prevention Conference, Australia.