Injury prevention

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The ACL injury mechanism is multi-planar, yet rarely are multi-planar variables examined in an injury risk context. This study examines if multi-planar variables rank individuals more consistently across multiple tasks than uni-planar variables. Forty-four female athletes performed bilateral drop vertical jumps, single-leg hops, single-leg drop vertical jumps and sidestep tasks on their dominant leg. Uni-planar (KMab) and multi-planar (KMnsag) variables of the knee were extracted and correlated between tasks. Participants was ranked according to KMab and KMnsag, and then grouped into quintiles for each task. When variables are consistently ranked across tasks, a movement signature is identified. In total, uni-planar movement signatures were identified more than multi-planar movement signatures. However, both undesirable multi-planar and uni-planar movement signatures were identified in unique participants. Multi-planar and uni-planar variables are both important when screening for undesirable movements.

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