By Jordana Bieze Foster As evidence accumulates in support of functional movement testing for predicting injury risk, researchers are taking a closer look at how functional screening can be applied to specific athlete populations. Studies presented in June at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) held in Indianapolis focused on the use of functional testing in high school versus college football players, male versus female collegiate athletes, and infantry Marines awaiting deployment. “We really need population-specific studies, and we need to look at whether test score does predict injury in different patient populations,” said Sarah de la Motte, PhD, MPH, ATC, a research assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
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Screening gets specific: Functional testing studies sharpen focus