Pre-season motor performance relevant to knee injury control in an English adult netball club: a descriptive study

Mullally, Elaine and Clark, Nicholas and Mooney, Alice and King, Carrie and Davies, Stephanie (2016) Pre-season motor performance relevant to knee injury control in an English adult netball club: a descriptive study. In: ISSSMC Annual Conference, 31st August-2nd September, Newcastle.

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Noncontact knee injuries are common in netball and can result in major disability and socioeconomic burden. Different types of single-leg balance (SLB) and single-leg hop (SLH) test have been widely used in a variety of knee sports medicine contexts. Knowledge of SLB and SLH test performance can help inform the clinician regarding an athlete’s risk of knee injury. There is, however, a gap in the scientific literature regarding SLB and SLH test performance in adult netball players. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to describe pre-season performance of a battery of SLB and SLH tests considered clinically important in knee injury control in an English adult netball club. The Illinois Agility Test (IAT) was also performed to represent netball-related agility. After university ethics approval was obtained and informed consent completed, 23 female netball players participated (mean ± standard deviation (SD): age 28.7 ± 6.2 years; height 171.6 ± 7.0 cm; mass 68.2 ± 9.8 kg; defence n = 10; centre n = 2; attack n = 11). All reported being uninjured, available for selection and registered for pre-season training. Test order was: barefoot eyes closed balance (ECB; sec), shod triple hop for distance (THD; cm), single hop for distance (SHD; cm) and vertical hop (VH; cm). Leg order was right (R), left (L). The IAT was conducted last. Practice trials and then three measured trials were performed. Appropriate between-trial rest periods were ensured. All tests have previously reported reliability. The mean of measured trials was used for descriptive statistics. All players successfully completed all tests. Mean ± SD values were: ECB, R 22.5 ± 15.8 sec, L 29.6 ± 15.5 sec; THD, R 463.1 ± 53.2 cm, L 464.6 ± 38.7 cm; SHD, R 167.0 ± 18.0 cm, L 166.4 ± 15.7 cm; VH, R 20.0 ± 3.7 cm, L 19.5 ± 3.1 cm; IAT, 19.5 ± 1.3 sec. Across all tests, mean data were comparable to mean data published by other research groups for females of similar age playing in other agility-focused team sports at similar levels of competition. Because the present data were comparable to data from other research groups, the present data were accepted and corroborated as a representation of the motor performances contained within each of the tests. The present and new data can, therefore, be used at several points during the knee injury control decision-making process for adult female netball players.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Elaine Mullally
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 09:22
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 09:22


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