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Department of Human Physiology Graduate Studies in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

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Number of Years in a Functional Strength Training Program Does Not Effect Observed Movement Dysfunctions in Overhead and Single Leg Squatting

Rebekah Peterson MS, ATC

Poor movement patterns observed in athletes may increase the risk of injury. Movement screens identify dysfunctional movement by evaluating range of motion, strength, and balance. Functional strength training programs teach athletes how to control their own body weight in multiple planes of movement and are designed to increase athletic performance and reduce injury. No study has evaluated the effect of functional strength training programs on movement dysfunctions. Movement dysfunctions were observed during an overhead squat and single leg squat in 68 football athletes. The number of observed movement dysfunctions was compared to the number of years involved in a functional strength training program. There was no statistical significant relationship between the variables. Even though a functional strength training program increases strength, power, and flexibility, it may not correct underlying movement dysfunctions.