Injury prevention

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Biomechanical analysis of cutting mechanics is a popular approach to assessing risk factors for injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament ruptures. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the methodological approaches to assessing unanticipated cutting mechanics and provide a review of such approaches. A total of 93 articles where identified that had assessed unanticipated cutting. The most common methodological design was a 45° cutting task following a run-up where the direction of the cut was determined by a light-based stimulus. External light stimuli create a worst-case scenario by providing information about the task at the last moment meaning opportunity for preparatory mechanics is limited. However, light stimuli do not allow for perception-action to take place and may therefore not truly reflect an athlete’s cutting mechanics.