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Asymmetry after Hamstring Injury in English Premier League: Issue Resolved, Or Perhaps Not?

Barreira, P, Drust, B, Robinson, MA and Vanrenterghem, J (2015) Asymmetry after Hamstring Injury in English Premier League: Issue Resolved, Or Perhaps Not? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 36 (6). pp. 455-459. ISSN 0172-4622

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Hamstring injuries constitute one of the most concerning injuries in English Premier League football, due to its high primary incidence but also its recurrence. Functional methods assessing hamstring function during high-risk performance tasks such as sprinting are vital to identify potential risk factors. The purpose of this study was to assess horizontal force deficits during maximum sprint running on a non-motorized treadmill in football players with previous history of hamstring strains as a pre-season risk-assessment in a club setting. 17 male football players from one Premier League Club were divided into 2 groups, experimental (n= 6, age = 24.5 ± 2.3 years) and control (n= 11, age = 21.3 ± 1.2 years), according to history of previous hamstring injury. Participants performed a protocol including a 10 seconds maximum sprint on a non-motorized treadmill. Force deficits during acceleration phase and steady state phases of the sprint were assessed between limbs and between groups. The main outcome measures were horizontal and vertical peak forces during the acceleration phase or steady state. There were no significant differences in peak forces between previously injured and non-injured limbs, or between groups, challenging the ideas around functional force deficits in sprint running as a diagnostic measure of hamstring re-injury risk.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Author accepted version of article first published in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, June 2015. Published version available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0034-1398493
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Thieme Publishing
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 14:05
DOI or ID number: 10.1055/s-0034-1398493
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1796
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