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Journal Article (Refereed)
January 2010

Evaluation of shoulder joint position sense in both asymptomatic and rehabilitated professional rugby players and matched controls

Herrington, L 2010, 'Evaluation of shoulder joint position sense in both asymptomatic and rehabilitated professional rugby players and matched controls', Physical Therapy in Sport, 11(1), pp.18-22.

Abstract

Abstract
Objective
To assess if jointpositionsense (JPS) in the shoulder differed between un-injured rugbyplayers, matched control subjects and previously injured rehabilitatedrugbyplayers.

Design
Mixed design.

Setting
University biomechanics laboratory.

Participants
15 asymptomaticprofessionalrugby union players, 15 previously injured professionalrugby union players, 15 asymptomatic matched non-rugby playing controls had their JPS assessed.

Main outcome measures
JPS was assessed using two criterion angles in the 90° shoulder abduction position (45° and 80° external rotation).

Results
The study found a significant difference between groups in error score (p = 0.02). The testing angle also had a significant effect on error score (p = 0.002), with greater error scores occurring in the mid range position.

Conclusion
This study showed rugbyplayers to have better JPS than controls, indicating JPS might not be related to injury risk. Poor JPS appears to be related to injury, players having sustained an injury have decreased JPS despite surgery and/or rehabilitation and returning to sport without incident.


 

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Publication Details

Journal Name
Physical Therapy in Sport

Volume
11(1)

Pagination
18-22.