Neuromuscular asymmetries in the lower limbs of elite female youth basketball players and the application of the skillful limb model of comparison

Azahara Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, Alicia M. Montalvo, Mercè Sitjà-Rabert, Adam W. Kiefer, Gregory D. Myer

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Objectives: Compare the ability of commonly used comparison models to detect neuromuscular asymmetries. A secondary purpose was to determine which neuromuscular task(s) has the greatest sensitivity to identify asymmetries based on the ASI (asymmetry index) calculation. Methods: Elite female youth basketball players (N = 29, age = 15.7 ± 1.34 y) performed the single leg countermovement jump in vertical, horizontal, and lateral directions, the star excursion balance test in the anterior, posteromedial, and posterolateral directions, and the sprint test with change of direction. Paired t-tests compared right and left limbs, the dominant (DL) and non-dominant (NDL) limbs, and the more/less skillful limbs. Results: The coincident identification between the more skillful leg and the leg subjectively described as the DL was low for all of the tasks performed (35%-52%). There were significant differences between the more and less skillful legs for all tasks, while performances between the right and left limbs and DL and NDL differed significantly for only one task each. The largest ASI detected in this study was found in the vertical single leg countermovement jump (14.11%). Conclusions: The skillful limb model of comparison may be more useful than other models to detect neuromuscular asymmetries.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)317-323
Nombre de pàgines7
RevistaPhysical Therapy in Sport
Volum16
Número4
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de nov. 2015

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