Differentiating Successful and Unsuccessful Single-Leg Drop Landing Performance Using Uncontrolled Manifold Analysis

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Biomechanical analysis can effectively identify factors associated with task performance and injury risk, but often does not account for the interaction among the components that underlie task execution. Uncontrolled manifold (UCM) analyses were applied to data from 38 female, adolescent athletes performing single-leg drop landings and were used to differentiate successful and unsuccessful task performance by examining the frontal plane joint variance within the UCM (VUCM) that stabilized the horizontal center of mass position (VUCM) and within the orthogonal subspace (VORT). The UCM revealed stronger coordination, indicated by the VUCM/VORT ratio, in the successful condition. This may inform future research examining reduced motor coordination in failed movement tasks and its relation to injury risk and allow for targeted interventions that consider coordination processes rather than joint-specific outcomes.

DiCesare, Bonnette, Myer, and Kiefer are with SPORT Center, Division of Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA. Myer and Kiefer are also with the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA. Myer is also with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA; and The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Waltham, MA, USA. Kiefer is also with the Center for Cognition, Action, and Perception, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA.

DiCesare (christopher.dicesare@cchmc.org) is the corresponding author.
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