Role of Neuromuscular Training in Reducing Sports Injuries and Improving Fitness Among Chicago Public Elementary and Middle School Students
Sports-related injuries are a serious concern for physically active children and adolescents.1-14 Previous research, including ours at Chicago public high schools, shows neuromuscular training (NMT) reduces sports-related injuries in female athletes by up to 88%.32-39 However, NMT is not well-studied in males or younger age groups38. This project aims to determine NMT's effect on sports-related injuries and physical fitness among 5th-8th grade students in Chicago public schools. The study will take place during the 2011-2012 school year. To measure NMT's effect on sports injuries, we will recruit 5th-8th grade sports coaches and their athletes, randomize coaches by school into two groups, then train the intervention group to implement a 10-minute NMT warm-up before practices and games. Control group will perform their usual warm-up. Research assistants will collect athlete participation and injury data from coaches weekly. To determine feasibility of NMT in PE classes and measure its effect on fitness, we will recruit 10 PE teachers from participating schools to implement the warm-up in PE classes for 10 weeks, and record students' presidential fitness test scores before and after the 10 weeks. Results of this study will guide strategies for preventing sports-related injuries and improving physical fitness in 5th -8th graders.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Role of Neuromuscular Training in Reducing Sports Injuries and Improving Fitness Among Chicago Public Elementary and Middle School Students|
- sports-related lower extremity injuries [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- physical fitness as measured by presidential fitness test [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2011|
Experimental: neuromuscular training
subjects in this arm will be exposed to a neuromuscular warm-up before practices and games.
Other: neuromuscular exercises
neuromuscular exercises delivered as a pre-practice and pre-game warm-up including dynamic stretching, strengthening, and plyometrics.
|No Intervention: control|
|Contact: Cynthia R LaBella, MDemail@example.com|
|United States, Illinois|
|Children's Memorial Hospital||Recruiting|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60614|
|Contact: Cynthia R LaBella, MD 773-327-1087 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Cynthia R LaBella, MD|