Shortened Jump Training Course May Save Women Basketball
THURSDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- A shorter jump-training
program may help reduce women basketball players' risk of knee
injuries by improving their landing technique, a new study
Most jump-training programs are complex regimens that last six
to eight weeks, but British researchers wanted to see if a shorter,
more "user-friendly" program could offer similar benefits.
This study included 15 competitive women basketball players who
did three jump-training sessions a week for four weeks. During the
sessions, the athletes received coaching and feedback on
appropriate landing technique.
By the end of the program, the athletes showed significant
improvements in proper landing technique, meaning that their knees
were straighter when they landed after a jump. They also had a
nearly 75 percent improvement in distance on the crossover hop
test, indicating increased strength and stability of the knee.
The findings appear in the December issue of
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Female basketball players are particularly susceptible to knee
injuries, especially to the anterior cruciate ligament. A larger
study is needed to determine whether this shorter jump-training
program could significantly reduce the high rate of knee injuries
in this group of athletes, said the researchers.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about
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