Category: Athlete Development & Sports Rehabilitation; Quality Improvement and Implementation Science; Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
Assess for functional movement deficiencies of the Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey Team, through FMS, and incorporate corrective exercises to address the deficiencies that are identified throughout the team. Appropriate corrective exercises will be identified and incorporated with the team’s strengthening and conditioning program.
Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey players were screened in the beginning of their hockey season, and given corrective exercises after the assessment of their scores. The corrective exercises were applied to their strength and conditioning routine for 12 weeks. The players were then re-evaluated to see if the exercises had assisted in improving the players’ movement deficiencies.
Mystique Community Ice Center in the Dubuque Fighting Saints weight room.
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) :
Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey players were high school to college athletes that range from the age of 17 to 20. When we first began the screening process there were 29 players, but 9 players left.
During the Functional Movement Screening each player performed 7 movements 3 times and after completing the movement the player was given a raw score of, 0-If pain is associated with any portion of this test. And advised to seek medical assistance.1– Unable to perform movement.2– Performed movement with compensation/imperfection 3– Performed movement as directed.
Main Outcome Measure(s) :
Main Outcome Measures
Players are given a final score after the raw scores are added up. From there, corrective exercises are implemented into the team’s strength and conditioning program to address the deficiencies found during the analysis of the movement screenings. The corrective exercise that was chosen to improve the team’s performance was Eccentric Nordic Curls. This exercise was chosen to improve the deficiencies that were observed during 4 of the 7 movements the players performed at the time of the assessment. These four movements are displayed below. Most of the deficiencies that were detected throughout the team was hip tightness, core stability, and balance.
[pre-test graph representation]
[post-test graph representation]
Through the implementation of the Eccentric Nordic Curl exercise, the athletes of the Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey team demonstrated an improvement in their FMS scores from their baseline scores. The team’s average after the first screening was 16.4 and during the final evaluation there was a 1.3 improvement in the team’s average score of 17.7.
Shanena Snowden– Student, University Of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa