A recent trend in sports medicine research is to determine risk of injury during sport based on preseason functional performance test (FPT) measures.
Equivocal findings associated with prior studies may leave PTs with uncertainty as to which FPT, or combination of FPTs, can best identify athletes who have a greater risk for injury.
Previous studies have utilized "low-tech" FPT measures: standing long jump (SLJ), single-leg hop (SLH), lower extremity functional test (LEFT), and the Y-balance test (YBT) (1,3,4).
These "low-tech" options may not be able to identify potential deficits that could be collected with "high-tech" measures (e.g., DVJ measures collected in a motion capture lab) (2).
The purpose of this study was to determine if “high-tech” and/or “low-tech” preseason functional performance test measures were associated with non-contact time loss lower quadrant (LQ = low back and/or lower extremity) injuries.
Ellis, Natalie; Petersen, Jordan; Reyes, Jordon; WIlson, Victor; and Zita, CJ, "Are Preseason Functional and Biomechanical Measures Associated with Lower Quadrant Injury Risk in Division III Athletes?" (2017). Student-Faculty Research - College of Physical Therapy. 33.