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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Training Reduces Sports Injuries

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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Training Reduces Sports Injuries

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Thanks to ChiroAccess for this information!

A March 2010 systematic review conducted in Germany underscores the value of neuromuscular training in preventing sports injuries. [1] They concluded that “On the basis of the results of seven high-quality studies, this review showed evidence for the effectiveness of proprioceptive/ neuromuscular training in reducing the incidence of certain types of sports injuries among adolescent and young adult athletes during pivoting sports.”

The pivoting sports included basketball, hockey, handball, volleyball, soccer and floorball. Multiple high quality studies now support the use of training programs to improve proprioception and the research further supports that this proprioceptive improvement translates to reduced risk of sports associated injuries. [2–4] The benefit is even greater for those with a previous history of sports injury.

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  1. Neuromuscular Training for Sports Injury Prevention: A Systematic Review
    Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2010 (Mar); 42 (3): 413–421
    Department of Sports Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.

  2. Balance Improvements in Female High School Basketball Players After a 6-week Neuromuscular-training Program
    J Sport Rehabil 2009 (Nov); 18 (4): 465–481
    Athletic Training Program, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA

  3. Effect of Proprioception Training on Knee Joint Position Sense in Female Team Handball Players
    Br J Sports Med 2008 (Jun); 42 (6): 472–476 ~ Epub 2008 Apr 7
    Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

  4. Neuromuscular Control of Trunk Stability: Clinical Implications for Sports Injury Prevention
    J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2008 (Sep); 16 (9): 497–505
    Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

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  1. Phoenix Chiropractor March 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Great study…NMR impact has been huge in my Physical Therapy and Chiropractic centers with greatest impact when focusing on ankles proprioceptive therapy for ankle, balance and knee rehab.

  2. Clifton Park Chiropractor March 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Nice study. We need to continue our research into the preventive effects of proper training. Also we need to continue looking at screening tools for risk assessment of future musculoskeletal injury such as the FMS model.

  3. Pittsfield Chiropractor March 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    As always, great information and it will add to the chiropractic care received in my clinic

  4. Chiropractic Singapore April 24, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Nice summary of a few important papers.

    Neuromuscular re-education is used in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treatment too these days as one can read in some post in this non-surgical scoliosis forum.

  5. Vacaville Chiropractor May 5, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Postural correction is also important for preventing injuries. When the body is properly balanced, it obviously will function more optimally.

  6. wantobefitter May 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I use proprioceptive training for rehab but I did not know there were studies showing benefits for prevention.

  7. seattle chiropractor November 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

    It would be prudent for sport coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, certified athletic trainers, and sports physical therapists to implement NMT as a preventative measure for high-risk athletes.

  8. ms November 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Participating in sports keeps one healthy and fit, but it can also do damage to your body. Getting adjusted helps keep your spine aligned and your body functioning properly. I recommend chiropractic to anyone who participates in sport activities.

  9. chiropractor March 29, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Appreciating the time and effort you put into your site and in depth information you present. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed information. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  10. Elaine July 14, 2011 at 1:56 am

    This is very informative, thanks for sharing!

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