Gender may have an influence on the relationship between Functional Movement Screen scores and gait parameters in elite junior athletes – A pilot study

N. Magyari, V. Szakács, C. Bartha, B. Szilágyi, K. Galamb, M. O. Magyar, T. Hortobágyi, R. M. Kiss, J. Tihanyi, J. Négyesi

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Abstract

Aims: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of gender on the relationship between Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and treadmill-based gait parameters. Methods: Twenty elite junior athletes (10 women and 10 men) performed the FMS tests and gait analysis at a fixed speed. Between-gender differences were calculated for the relationship between FMS test scores and gait parameters, such as foot rotation, step length, and length of gait line. Results: Gender did not affect the relationship between FMS and treadmill-based gait parameters. The nature of correlations between FMS test scores and gait parameters was different in women and men. Furthermore, different FMS test scores predicted different gait parameters in female and male athletes. FMS asymmetry and movement asymmetries measured by treadmill-based gait parameters did not correlate in either gender. Conclusion: There were no interactions between FMS, gait parameters, and gender; however, correlation analyses support the idea that strength and conditioning coaches need to pay attention not only to how to score but also how to correctly use FMS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-269
Number of pages12
JournalPhysiology International
Volume104
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep

Keywords

  • Feedback methods
  • Gait
  • Locomotion
  • Motion analysis
  • Movement screens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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