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J Strength Cond Res. 2015 Aug;29(8):2296-303. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000906.

Performance Comparison of Student-Athletes and General College Students on the Functional Movement Screen and the Y Balance Test.

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1Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; 2Proactive Physical Therapy, Tucson, Arizona; and 3Department of Athletic Training, Daemen College, Amherst, New York.

Abstract

Although various studies have assessed performance of athletes on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Y Balance Test (YBT), no study to date has directly evaluated a comparison of performance between athletes and members of the general population. Thus, to better understand the application of the FMS and the YBT to general college students, this study examined whether or not general college students performed similarly to student-athletes on the FMS (composite and movement pattern scores) and the YBT (composite and reach directions). This study evaluated 167 Division I student-athletes and 103 general college students from the same university on the FMS and the YBT. No difference was found in FMS composite scores between student-athletes and general college students. For FMS movement patterns, female student-athletes scored higher than general college students in the deep squat. No difference was found for men in any FMS movement pattern. Female student-athletes scored higher than female general college students in YBT composite scores; no difference was found for men in YBT composite scores. In analysis of YBT reach directions, female student-athletes scored higher than female general college students in all reach directions, whereas no difference was found in men. Existing research on the FMS composite score in athletic populations may apply to a general college population for the purposes of preparticipation screening, injury prediction, etc. Existing research on the YBT in male athletic populations is expected to apply equally to general college males for the purposes of preparticipation screening, injury prediction, etc.

PMID:
26203739
DOI:
10.1519/JSC.0000000000000906
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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