Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are prevalent in female athletes. Specific factors have possible links to increasing a female athlete’s chances of suffering an ACL injury. However, it is unclear if augmented feedback may be able to decrease possible risk factors.
To compare the effects of task-specific feedback on a repeated tuck-jump maneuver.
Double-blind randomized controlled trial.
Sports-medicine biodynamics center.
37 female subjects (14.7 ± 1.5 y, 160.9 ± 6.8 cm, 54.5 ± 7.2 kg).
All athletes received standard off-season training consisting of strength training, plyometrics, and conditioning. They were also videotaped during each session while running on a treadmill at a standardized speed (8 miles/h) and while performing a repeated tuck-jump maneuver for 10 s. The augmented feedback group (AF) received feedback on deficiencies present in a 10-s tuck jump, while the control group (CTRL) received feedback on 10-s treadmill running.
Main Outcome Measures:
Outcome measurements of tuck-jump deficits were scored by a blinded rater to determine the effects of group (CTRL vs AF) and time (pre- vs posttesting) on changes in measured deficits.
A significant interaction of time by group was noted with the task-specific feedback training (P = .03). The AF group reduced deficits measured during the tuck-jump assessment by 23.6%, while the CTRL training reduced deficits by 10.6%.
The results of the current study indicate that task-specific feedback is effective for reducing biomechanical risk factors associated with ACL injury. The data also indicate that specific components of the tuck-jump assessment are potentially more modifiable than others.
Stroube and Myer are with the Div of Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, and the College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Brent is with the Academy of Sports Performance, Cincinnati, OH. Ford is with the Dept of Physical Therapy, High Point University, High Point, NC. Heidt is with Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. Hewett is with the Sports Health and Performance Inst, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.