Changes in knee joint biomechanics following balance and technique training and a season of Australian football

British Journal of Sports Medicine, 05/09/2012

Balance and technique training (BTT) was not effective in changing an athlete's knee joint biomechanics during sidestepping when conducted in ‘real–world’ training environments. Following normal Australian football (AF) training, the players had different changes to their knee joint biomechanics during both preplanned and unplanned sidestepping. When performing an unplanned sidestepping task in the latter half of a playing season, athletes are at an increased risk of ACL injury. The authors therefore recommend both sidestepping tasks are performed during biomechanical testing when assessing the effectiveness of prophylactic training protocols.

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