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Cross-training, strength-training, and plyometrics are beneficial athletes before and during the season. Many athletes I evaluate for running injury, injury prevention, or for performance issues lack strength in specific areas. Accurate evaluation allows us to give better recommendations. We apply the latest research in exercise science to make sure that what we ask of our athletes will give them the best results possible.
Running analysis helps us to learn if your technique is limiting performance. For example, if you are overstriding it will lead to a braking effect – instead we want the foot to strike under the center of mass so we essentially fall forwards and accelerate.
The Landing Error Scoring System (LESS) is a tool for identifying high-risk movement patterns. The tool has good measurement reliability and has recently been shown to be effective in predicting ACL injury in soccer players. With this measure, the athlete stands on top of a 30cm box, placed half their height from the landing area. They jump forward to the landing area and immediately jump for maximal height straight upwards. The task is recorded on video from the front and the side. The video is then replayed and scored against the LESS. A higher LESS score indicates a greater number of landing errors and therefore a poorer technique. This way, the high-risk individuals in a team or group of players can be identified. While all athletes can benefit from a neuromuscular program, those in the higher risk category may benefit from closer follow-up and re-testing. The study suggests a score of 6 or higher as being high risk in soccer players. The videos show the test in action and the footage we collect.
Padua DA, Distefano LJ, Beutler AI, De la motte SJ, Distefano MJ, Marshall SW. The Landing Error Scoring System as a Screening Tool for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury-Prevention Program in Elite-Youth Soccer Athletes. J Athl Train. 2015;
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