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Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Ther Technol. 2012 Sep 10;4(1):32. doi: 10.1186/1758-2555-4-32.

A comparison of the musculoskeletal assessments of the shoulder girdles of professional rugby players and professional soccer players.

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  • 1English Institute of Sport, Manchester, UK. ian@back-in-action.co.uk.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify posture types that exist in professional rugby players, and compare them with a population of non-overhead athletes in order to identify possible relationships towards the potential for shoulder injuries.

DESIGN:

Observational design Setting: Sports Medicine Clinic Participants: Convenience sample Methodology: Static assessment of posture was carried out in standing, active and passive range of glenohumeral motion, and isometric strength was carried out in accordance with previously recorded protocols.

INTERVENTIONS:

Nil Outcome Measures: Observational classification of posture, active and passive range of glenohumeral joint range of motion, isometric strength of selected muscle groups, selected muscle flexibility and Hawkins and Neer impingement tests.

RESULTS:

There was a significant difference on range of motion between the two groups (0.025-0.000), isometric middle (0.024-0.005), and lower trapezius (0.01-0.001).

CONCLUSION:

There were significant differences between strength and flexibility of muscles around the shoulder girdle between professional rugby players and a control group of professional non-overhead athletes.

PMID:
22964097
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PMCID:
PMC3506454
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