Is there evidence to support the use of the angle of peak torque as a marker of hamstring injury and re-injury risk?

Timmins, Ryan G., Shield, Anthony J., Williams, Morgan D., & Opar, David A. (2016) Is there evidence to support the use of the angle of peak torque as a marker of hamstring injury and re-injury risk? Sports Medicine, 46(1), pp. 7-13.

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Hamstring strain injuries are the predominant injury in many sports, costing athletes and clubs a significant financial and performance burden. Therefore the ability to identify and intervene with individuals who are considered at a high risk of injury is important. One measure which has grown in popularity as an outcome variable following hamstring intervention/prevention studies and rehabilitation is the angle of peak knee flexor torque. This current opinion article will firstly introduce the measure and the processes behind it. Secondly, this article will summarise how the angle of peak knee flexor torque has been suggested to measure hamstring strain injury risk. Finally various limitations will be presented and outlined as to how they may influence the measure. These include the lack of muscle specificity, the common concentric contraction mode of assessment, reliability of the measure, various neural contributions (such as rate of force development and neuromuscular inhibition) as well as the lack of prospective data showing any predictive value in the measure.

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ID Code: 87556
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1007/s40279-015-0378-8
ISSN: 1179-2035
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
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Deposited On: 20 Sep 2015 23:49
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