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Movement variability in injured and uninjured populations

Are differences in lower limb movement variability associated with injury?

The authors of this review found a trend for injured populations to display greater lower limb movement variability during dynamic tasks (e.g., running, walking, hopping) when compared with uninjured controls.

This suggests there may be an association between the degree of movement variability and injury. However, high-quality prospective studies are still needed to establish if these changes precede injury or are caused by it.

Although these findings were not consistent across all injury types, there was a trend for increased lower limb movement variability in injured populations.

The authors identified specific methodological factors that may help improve the detection of between-group differences in movement variability. Further prospective studies are needed to establish if differences in movement variability precede or follow injury.

> From: Baida et al., Scand J Med Sci Sports 28 (2018) 1320-1338 (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to John Wiley & Sons. Click here for the online summary.

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