Injury prevention

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Athletes, coaches, and health care teams know that preventing running-related injuries (RRI) and improving running performance are extremely important. Proactive neuromuscular training (NMT) is often included as a complement to running programs for this reason. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of proactive six-week low-intensity NMT focused on proximal hip and thigh muscles on healthy high-school runners’ muscle strength, biomechanical stiffness, peak ground reaction force, cadence, and stride length. The study demonstrates that the NMT increased a runner’s total strength by 10.4% and knee extensor strength by 10.3%, showed no change in stiffness, cadence, or stride length, and showed a decrease in ground reaction force post-program by 1.3%. Results show the multivariable nature of RRI risk, and prompt further, more generalizable, evaluation.