To determine the effect of a novel movement strategy incorporated within a soccer warm-up on biomechanical risk factors for anterior cruciate ligament injury during 3 sport-specific movement tasks.
Single-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial.
Twenty top-tier female teenage soccer players.
Subjects were randomized to the Core Position and Control movement strategy (Core-PAC) warm-up or standard warm-up, which took place before their regular soccer practice over a 6-week period. The Core-PAC focuses on getting the centre of mass closer to the plant foot or base of support.
Main Outcome Measures:
Peak knee flexion angle and abduction moments during a side-hop (SH), side-cut, and unanticipated side-cut task after the 6 weeks with (intervention group only) and without a reminder to use the Core-PAC strategy.
The Core-PAC group increased peak flexion angles during the SH task [mean difference = 6.2 degrees; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.9-10.5 degrees; effect size = 1.01; P = 0.034] after the 6-week warm-up program without a reminder. In addition, the Core-PAC group demonstrated increased knee flexion angles for the side-cut (mean difference = 8.5 degrees; 95% CI, 4.8-12.2 degrees; ES = 2.02; P = 0.001) and SH (mean difference = 10.0 degrees; 95% CI, 5.7-14.3 degrees; ES = 1.66; P = 0.001) task after a reminder. No changes in abduction moments were found.
The results of this study suggest that the Core-PAC may be one method of modifying high-risk soccer-specific movements and can be implemented within a practical, team-based soccer warm-up. The results should be interpreted with caution because of the small sample size.