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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2014 Dec;58(4):421-7.

Can injury in major junior hockey players be predicted by a pre-season functional movement screen - a prospective cohort study.

Author information

1
Private practice, Vancouver, BC.
2
Private practice, Burnaby, BC.
3
Clinician and Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
4
Medical Director for the hockey team studied, Emergency Physician, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Assistant Professor, UBC School of Medicine.
5
Nick Murray, Head trainer for the the hockey team studied.

Abstract

in English, French

BACKGROUND:

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool that is commonly used to predict the occurrence of injury. Previous studies have shown that a score of 14 or less (with a maximum possible score of 21) successfully predicted future injury occurrence in athletes. No studies have looked at the use of the FMS to predict injuries in hockey players.

OBJECTIVE:

To see if injury in major junior hockey players can be predicted by a preseason FMS.

METHODS:

A convenience sample of 20 hockey players was scored on the FMS prior to the start of the hockey season. Injuries and number of man-games lost for each injury were documented over the course of the season.

RESULTS:

The mean FMS score was 14.7+/-2.58. Those with an FMS score of ≤14 were not more likely to sustain an injury as determined by the Fisher's exact test (one-tailed, P = 0.32).

CONCLUSION:

This study did not support the notion that lower FMS scores predict injury in major junior hockey players.

KEYWORDS:

chiropractic; hockey; injury; movement; screen

PMID:
25550667
PMCID:
PMC4262798

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