Quality of functional movement patterns and injury examination in elite-level male professional football players

David Zalai, G. Panics, P. Bobak, I. Csáki, P. Hamar

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the quality of functional movement patterns among one of Hungary's first league soccer clubs, where the elite male football players (N = 20) utilize the well-established Functional Movement Screen™ (FMS) system; a comprehensive functional program designed to determine and identify the quality of movement and the greatest risk factors for non-contact injuries. Furthermore, an additional purpose of this program is to examine injuries over the course of 6 competitive months. Focusing on the mechanisms of injuries and their causes in the lower extremities during this period is one of the key objectives. Over the course of 6 months we found significant differences between ankle injuries and the FMS Hurdle Step exercise (p <0.05), and the FMS Deep Squat exercise and knee and hip injuries (p <0.05). The FMS pre-screening system found lower limb asymmetry present in 40% of the participants. The authors believe that the importance of preventative measures and structural sport specific pre-screening cannot be overemphasized, and that there is a growing need for further transparent research in this field in order to be more effective with regard to programs dedicated to injury prevention and the enhancement players' physical performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalActa Physiologica Hungarica
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015

Keywords

  • Football
  • Functional movement
  • Injury
  • Performance
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)

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