Objectives: Background: Risk of ankle injuries in soccer depends on intrinsic factors, such as muscle strength asymmetries, decreased flexibility and decreased proprioception, requiring accurate assessment tools to measure these parameters.
Aim: to identify risk factors present in preseason assessment that may predispose professional soccer players to ankle injuries
Method: Longitudinal study of 89 professional soccer athletes. Pre-season functional assessment comprised anamnesis, isokinetic ankle dynamometry and functional tests: dorsiflexion lunge test (DLT) and Y Balance Test (YBT). During the competitive period, the incidence of injury was retrieved from medical charts.
Results: A higher incidence of ankle injuries was associated with lower YBT scores oth in the dominant (p = 0.042) and non-dominant (p = 0.017) limbs. Other parameters were not related to injury incidence.
Conclusion: YBT can be used in preseason assessment to predict higher risks of ankle injuries and direct possibly preventive interventions.
Marcelo Riberto– Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Center, Ribeirão Preto Medical School / University of São Paulo
Lucas Manoel– physical therapist, Private practice
Marcelo Saad– physical therapíst, private practice
Danilo Duarte– physical therapist, private practice
Gabriel Marques– undergraduate student, University of Sao Paulo
Bianca Santana– undergraduate student, University of São Paulo