My poster walk from the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, 2021, Monaco

Here are some highlights from walking around the poster landscape at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, 2021, Monaco.

I love the poster presentation, as it give a change to have a look into something original recent research that is often studied by either a Master- or PhD student, who has an extensively insight on their topic. Here are some of those posters that got my attention. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photo of many other great and informative poster presentations.

268 A randomised controlled trial investigating the cross-education of strength and power following at-home unilateral calf exercises

 👨‍💻 I’m a huge fan of cross-Educational and I’m a currently believer that is a way to get some gains or avoid losing muscle strength while immobilisation. This poster demonstrates that unilateral, home-based strength training elicits significant bilateral calf strength and power increases. Additionally, the CE of strength seen prior to power indicates that outcomes secondary to the training type require greater training durations to reach significance. These findings may have rehabilitative potential, however further work is required in clinical populations.

320 SPORT-RELATED CONCUSSION AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE AMONG WORLDWIDE SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

I’ve the last 6 month been involved in Aspetars concussion team and therefore been trying to follow up on the current evidence. Thanks to the team, lots of internally education has been provided to us to follow Aspetar concussion guidelines, that can be find here. https://www.aspetar.com/overview-ascp.aspx?lang=en

Therefore this poster is interesting as it shows that a great number of sports physical therapists around the world are aware of current standards and guidelines regarding SRC assessment and management. However, the greatest difference was attributed to higher educational qualification, which denotes its significance recognizing and managing sports related concussion. 

437 The effectiveness of exercise interventions to prevent shoulder injuries in athletes: a systematic review and meta-analysis Johannes Jacobus Wessel Swart et al. JBI Evid Synth. 2021.

This a great systematic review which again shows that prevention work. Not that a specific target exercises prevention program works better than a generally prevention program. 

362 US youth soccer coaches do not possess adequate knowledge of non-contact ACL injuries and injury prevention programs

I believe that many injuries can be prevented by educating players and coaches. Especially in youth sport. This study showed that US Youth Soccer coaches do not possess adequate knowledge of NC-ACL injuries and implementation of prevention strategies. Further analysis may elicit significance between scores specific to experience, length of time coaching and previous injury prevention program education. Coaches and their players would benefit from mandatory standardized education and strategies for implementation into lesson plans and practice.

191 Isokinetic deficits at 6 months after ACL reconstruction influence the rate of reinjuries and activity level 

After working almost 3 years in the Aspetar ACL unit, who has more than 400 annual ACL surgeries ,I really start to see how many who does reach the recommendations for return to play, and that 6 months rehab is to short to get close to reach those criteria. This study found an unacceptably high rate of participants (90%) display knee isokinetic bilateral deficits at 60°/s at 6 months after ACL reconstruction. Bilateral deficits seem to influence the rate of new knee injuries and Tegner activity level.

160 Eccentric hamstring strength and sprinting performance changes during the off-season in Spanish footballers 

Another Nordic hamstring study that shows context matters and footballers showed no reduction in eccentric hamstring strength but impaired sprint performance after the off-season period, independent of age, previous hamstring injury and length of off-season. This may suggest the risk of sustaining a hamstring injury during the pre-season is lowered, as a result of decreased maximal sprinting capacity. This implicates that introducing eccentric hamstring strengthening during pre/early season seems relevant as this may both increase sprinting performance and mitigate the risk of hamstring injuries during the in-season.

 

Liaghat, B., Pedersen, J. R., Young, J. J., Thorlund, J. B., Juul-Kristensen, B., & Juhl, C. B. (2021). Joint hypermobility in athletes is associated with shoulder injuries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC musculoskeletal disorders,

Quality systematic review on joint hypermobility association with shoulder injuries showing joint hypermobility is associated with a threefold higher odds of having shoulder injuries highlighting the need for prevention strategies in this population

406 Does somatosensory dysfunction exist at return to play following concussion in elite athletes

I am not a big fan of the BESS test although it is still considered as best practise to do it. But after reading this I will try to give the APP Sway a go.

Neck extension strength.

There is something with neck / cervical strength test for prevention of concussion that I’m not fully aware of, but something I am excited to follow the next couple of years. But there was many posters about this topic.

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