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Neuromuscular Training for Sports Injury Prevention: A Systematic Review

Posted Mar 25 2010 6:56am
A March 2010 systematic review conducted in Germany underscores the value of neuromuscular training in preventing sports injuries. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the effectiveness of proprioceptive/neuromuscular training in preventing sports injuries by using the best available evidence.

7 methodologically well-conducted studies were considered for this review. Pooled analysis revealed that multi-intervention training was effective in reducing the risk of lower limb injuries, acute knee injuries, and ankle sprain injuries. Balance training alone resulted in a significant risk reduction of ankle sprain injuries and a nonsignificant risk reduction for injuries overall. Exercise interventions were more effective in athletes with a history of sports injury than in those without.

They concluded that “On the basis of the results of seven high-quality studies, this review showed evidence for the effectiveness of proprioceptive/ neuromuscular training in reducing the incidence of certain types of sports injuries among adolescent and young adult athletes during pivoting sports.”

Source: Hubscher M, Zech A, Pfeifer K, Hansel F, Vogt L, Banzer W. Neuromuscular training for sports injury prevention: a systematic review. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2010 (Mar);42(3):413–421.

Dr. David Chen
Chiropractor in Laurel, MD
Laurel Regional Chiropractic
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