Level of competitive success achieved by elite athletes and multi-joint proprioceptive ability

Jia Han, Gordon WADDINGTON, Judith Anson, Roger Adams

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    Objectives: Proprioceptive ability has been suggested to underpin elite sports performance. Accordingly, this study examined the relationship between an athlete's proprioceptive ability, competition level achieved, and years of sport-specific training. Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: One hundred elite athletes, at competition levels ranging from regional to international, in aerobic gymnastics, swimming, sports dancing, badminton and soccer, were assessed for proprioceptive acuity at the ankle, knee, spine, shoulder, and finger joints. An active movement extent discrimination test was conducted at each joint, to measure ability to discriminate small differences in movements made to physical stops. Results: Multiple regression analysis showed that 30% of the variance in the sport competition level an athlete achieved could be accounted for by an equation that included: ankle movement discrimination score, years of sport-specific training, and shoulder and spinal movement discrimination scores (p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-81
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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