Injury prevention

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Currently, screening for ACL injury risk is mostly conducted in a laboratory setting using a drop vertical jump. There remains a lack of knowledge on lower extremity kinematics and injury risk during sport-specific landing movements. Therefore the purpose of this study was to describe the landing kinematics of elite female handball players after a jump shot in a sport-specific field test. Players’ 3D knee and trunk angles were measured using inertial sensors during landing from a jump shot. Average knee flexion at initial contact (IC) was 19.7° ± 5.9 and range of motion (ROM) was 26.2° ± 14.9. Significant between-player differences for all joint angles at IC and ROM were observed. As a variety of landing strategies were utilised, the question arises whether the drop vertical jump test in the lab setting is ecologically valid for identifying ACL injury risk in the field.

New Investigator Award