Postural Stability and Subsequent Sports Injuries during Indoor Season of Athletes.


Natalia Romero-Franco 1)*, tomás Gallego-Izquierdo 2), Emilio J Martìnez-López 3), Fidel Hita-Contreras 1), Osuna-pérez m Catalina 1), Antonio Martinez Amat 1)

1) Department of Health Sciences, University of Jaén: E-23071 Jaén, Spain
2) Department of Physiotherapy, University of Alcalá, Spain
3) Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal, University of Jaén, Spain

J. Phys. Ther. Sci. 26: 683–687, 2014

Abstract. [Purpose] The aim of this study was to analyze stabilometry in athletes during an indoor season in order to determine whether injured athletes show different stabilometric values before injury than non-injured athletes in two different training periods (volume and pre-competition periods). [Subjects] The subjects were 51 ath- letes from Unicaja athletic club who trained regularly. [Methods] At the end of the preseason and volume periods, athletes were subjected to bipodal and monopodal stabilometry. In addition, all injuries happening in the periods after performing stabilometry (volume and pre-competition periods) were tracked. [Results] Variance analysis of bipodal stabilometric measurements taken at the end of the preseason period showed that athletes with higher values for the center-of-pressure spread variables suffered injuries during the volume period. The right-leg monopodal stabilometric measurements taken at the end of the volume period showed that athletes with higher values in the center-of-pressure position variables suffered injuries during the pre-competition period. [Conclusion] Athletes showing the worst values for center-of-pressure spread variables are more prone to sports injuries in the subsequent training period. In monopodal measurements, athletes with poorer mediolateral stability were more prone to inju- ries in the subsequent training period.

(This article was submitted Oct. 21, 2013, and was accepted Nov. 30, 2013)

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