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

Herrington, LC, Horsley, I and Rolf, C 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.

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    Abstract

    Objective: To assess if joint position sense (JPS) in the shoulder differed between un-injured rugby players, matched control subjects and previously injured rehabilitated rugby players. Design: Mixed design. Setting: University biomechanics laboratory. Participants: 15 asymptomatic professional rugby union players, 15 previously injured professional rugby 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 ¼ 0.02). The testing angle also had a significant effect on error score (p ¼ 0.002), with greater error scores occurring in the mid range position. Conclusion: This study showed rugby players 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.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Physical Therapy in Sport
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1466853X
    Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 09:59
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:52
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/15774

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