Role of Neuromuscular Training in Reducing Sports Injuries and Improving Fitness Among Chicago Public Elementary and Middle School Students

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Verified July 2011 by Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
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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.

Condition Intervention
Sports-related Lower Extremity Injuries
Other: neuromuscular exercises

Study Type: Interventional
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

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • sports-related lower extremity injuries [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • physical fitness as measured by presidential fitness test [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 3850
Study Start Date: July 2011
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 14 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

sports coaches and their 5th-8th grade student-athletes at a chicago public school enrolled in the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01406054

Contact: Cynthia R LaBella, MD 7733271087

United States, Illinois
Children's Memorial Hospital Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60614
Contact: Cynthia R LaBella, MD    773-327-1087   
Principal Investigator: Cynthia R LaBella, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
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Responsible Party: Cynthia LaBella, MD, Children's Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01406054     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB2011-14570
Study First Received: July 28, 2011
Last Updated: July 28, 2011
Health Authority: Children's Memorial Hospital Institutional Review Board, USA:
Chicago Public Schools Research Review Board, USA:

Keywords provided by Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago:
injury prevention
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