Isokinetic strength testing does not predict hamstring injury in Australian Rules footballers

Abstract 

Objective—To determine the relation of hamstring and quadriceps muscle strength and imbalance to hamstring injury using a prospective observational cohort study 

Method

A total of 102 senior male Aus Australian Rules footballers aged 22.2 (3.6) years were tested at the start of a football season. Maximum voluntary concentric and eccentric torque of the hamstring and quadriceps muscles of both legs was assessed using a Kin-Com isokinetic dynamometer at angular velocities of 60 and 180 degrees/second. Twelve (11.8%) players sustained clinically diagnosed hamstring strains which caused them to miss one or more matches over the ensuing season. 

Results

There were no significant differences for any of the isokinetic variables comparing the injured and non-injured legs in players with unilateral hamstring strains (n = 9). Neither the injured nor the non-injured leg of injured players differed from the mean of left and right legs in non-injured players for any isokinetic variable. The hamstring to opposite hamstring ratios also did not diVer between injured and non-injured players.

A hamstring to opposite hamstring ratio of less than 0.90 and a hamstring to quadriceps ratio of less than 0.60 was not associated with an increased risk of a hamstring injury. A significantly greater percentage of players who sustained a hamstring strain reported a history of hamstring strain compared with.

Sam Leslie

Sam Leslie

Senior Physiotherapist
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