No effect on performance tests from a neuromuscular warm-up programme in youth female football: a randomised controlled trial
2012 (English)In: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, ISSN 0942-2056, E-ISSN 1433-7347, Vol. 20, no 10, 2112-2119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of the present randomised controlled trial was to study the effect of a neuromuscular warm-up programme on performance tests in youth female football. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanFour youth female football teams with players aged 12-16 years were randomised into an intervention group and control group. The intervention was a 15-min neuromuscular warm-up programme carried out twice a week during the 11-week study period. Baseline and follow-up measurements of performance were made indoors and included the star excursion balance test, a countermovement jump test, a triple-hop for distance test, a modified Illinois agility test, and 10- and 20-m sprint tests. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanFifty-two players (intervention 28; control 24) took part in baseline measurements, and after dropout, 41 players (intervention 23; control 18) were included for analysis. Minor positive changes were seen in the control group compared to the intervention group for a sub-score of the star excursion balance test (P andlt; 0.05) and in the modified Illinois agility test (P andlt; 0.05). No improvement was seen in the intervention group from baseline to follow-up. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThe study showed that a neuromuscular warm-up programme carried out during 11 weeks did not improve performance in youth female football. This could indicate that the programme does not contain sufficient stimulus to improve performance. A low player attendance at training sessions, and low specificity between exercises in the warm-up programme and the evaluated performance tests may also contribute to the lack of effect. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanI.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2012. Vol. 20, no 10, 2112-2119 p.
Adolescent, Knee, Injuries, Prevention, Soccer
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84893DOI: 10.1007/s00167-011-1846-9ISI: 000308968500033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84893DiVA: diva2:562938
Funding Agencies|Swedish Football Association||Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports||2012-10-262012-10-262013-12-17