Landing Technique and Performance in Youth Athletes After a Single Injury-Prevention Program Session
Root H, Trojian T, Martinez J, Kraemer W, DiStefano LJ. J Athl Train. Published Online First: November 2, 2015; DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-50.11.01
Take Home Message: An injury prevention program warm-up helped immediately improve landing mechanics in a youth population without compromising performance measures.
Several Sports Med Res posts have discussed the benefits of injury prevention programs (see below). Unfortunately, many athletic programs have yet to incorporate injury prevention programs into practices. If these programs have immediate short-term benefits compared with “traditional” warm-up activities then coaches and athletes may be more likely to adopt injury prevention programs as a warm-up. Therefore, the authors of this randomized trial investigated the immediate effects on landing techniques and performance measures of 3 warm-up protocols: static warm-up (jog followed by traditional stretching of major muscle groups), dynamic warm-up (functional activities that were gradually increased in intensity), and injury prevention warm-up, which was similar to a dynamic warm up with plyometrics and balance activities added.