Journal article

Changes in muscle activation following balance and technique training and a season of Australian football

CJ Donnelly, BC Elliott, TLA Doyle, CF Finch, AR Dempsey, DG Lloyd

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015


OBJECTIVES: Determine if balance and technique training implemented adjunct to 1001 male Australian football players' training influenced the activation/strength of the muscles crossing the knee during pre-planned and unplanned sidestepping. DESIGN: Randomized Control Trial. METHODS: Each Australian football player participated in either 28 weeks of balance and technique training or 'sham' training. Twenty-eight Australian football players (balance and technique training, n=12; 'sham' training, n=16) completed biomechanical testing pre-to-post training. Peak knee moments and directed co-contraction ratios in three degrees of freedom, as well as total muscle activation were calculated during ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Foundation

Awarded by NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was part of the Preventing Australian Football Injuries through eXercise (PAFIX) study funded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Foundation (ID: 400937). This study was also funded by the Western Australian Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Council and partly supported by the NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (ID: 565900).