The purpose of this study was to develop and apply an injury and performance screening programme for team sports and exemplify this for ice hockey. A set of four tests including landing, jumping and turning was employed and performance and balance related symmetry was extracted from force plate data and velocity measures in a test group of 28 elite ice hockey players. In this team, certain exercises showed a reflection of individual injury history while players showed a high symmetry for single leg landing task. This may be an effect of the specific training this group of athletes had undergone prior to the tests. Currently, we are assessing other teams who followed different training programs and apply these tests as a longitudinal screening tool. While final results are still outstanding, the potential of this approach was discussed.
Kersting, Uwe G.; Oliveira, Anderson S.C; Hansen, Jakob; Thimm, Martin; Lysdal, Filip G.; Mortensen, Kristian R.L; and Haase, Jens P.
"A TESTING BATTERY ON BALANCE AND PERFORMANCE SYMMETRY FOR TEAM SPORTS – AN EXAMPLE FROM ICE HOCKEY,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 79.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/79