Journal Article (Refereed)
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.
To assess if jointpositionsense (JPS) in the shoulder differed between un-injured rugbyplayers, matched control subjects and previously injured rehabilitatedrugbyplayers.
University biomechanics laboratory.
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).
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.
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.
Physical Therapy in Sport