Injury prevention

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Epidemiological studies on groin injuries in soccer have often linked them to kicking and cutting manoeuvres (CM) although no biomechanical studies exist that prove this link for CMs. The present study investigated the hip joint kinematics and kinetics of a 90° CM. Thirteen participants were investigated with a 3D movement analysis system and a force platform. Results showed hip joint angles to be slightly higher than in previous studies on smaller CM angles. Hip moments in the frontal and transverse plane were similar to those of inside passing while the muscle stress in gracilis and adductor longus were 43 % and 44 % lower compared to passing. Therefore, CMs might not put the groin region under a dangerous load, allowing for a shift of focus in injury prevention to kicking and passing movements.