Neuromuscular training during return-to-play in an elite junior soccer player: case report

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Matthew Wright with Matthew Weston

A progressive programme of integrated neuromuscular training was implemented in a junior female soccer player post-rehabilitation from recurrent serious knee injuries. The intervention focused upon the correction of biomechanical dysfunctions identified through movement screening tests. An almost certain improvement in Functional Movement Screen™ total score (7 AU; 90% confidence interval 4.6 to 9.4 AU) and a probable large improvement in repeated sprint ability (-3.8 s; -6.9 to -0.6 s) were found following training. The player also demonstrated improved valgus control on drop-jump assessment, concurrent with a possible large improvement in drop-jump height (5.7 cm; 2.7 to 8.7 cm). This case study provides support for neuromuscular training intervention prior to returning to match play in a junior soccer player.

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