June 05, 2017
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Reduced hip extension muscle strength led to greater risk of lateral ankle sprain in soccer players

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Recently published results showed male youth soccer players with reduced hip extension muscle strength were at a greater risk for lateral ankle sprains.

Researchers collected anthropometric characteristics of 133 male youth soccer players and assessed hip muscle strength using a handheld dynamometer. During three consecutive seasons, the team medical staff recorded players’ injuries.

Results showed a lateral ankle sprain was sustained among 12 participants. This represented 18% of all reported injuries. Multivariate Cox regression model identified posterior chain hip muscle force as an independent risk factor for lateral ankle sprains, after investigators adjusted for body size dependencies and other hip muscle forces. Researchers noted significantly lower hazards to sustain a lateral ankle sprain among players with higher posterior chain hip muscle forces. Participants with a lateral ankle sprain with posterior chain hip muscle force scores higher than the sample means had a mean survival time up to 10% longer on average. Researchers could not identify any other study variable as a risk factor for lateral ankle sprains. – by Casey Tingle

Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.