DO NOT THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER; SCREENING CAN IDENTIFY MEANINGFUL RISK FACTORS FOR SPORTS INJURIES

Review written by Dr Teddy Willsey info

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Current injury prediction strategies assume only individual risk factors. They are not able to quantify, account for, or predict the complex and unpredictable environments athletes encounter. Recent debates have questioned the effectiveness and efficacy of screening as part of the injury prevention process. Therefore, the purpose of this editorial was to address the increasingly popular narrative that screening tools lack efficacy, and therefore lack clinical utility.

METHODS

As this paper was an editorial, the ‘methods’ and ‘limitations’ sections are not applicable.

While injury prevention screening does not hold up to rigors of research to predict injury, it should not be immediately disregarded as lacking clinical relevance

RESULTS

While injury prevention screening does not hold up to rigors of research to predict injury, it should not be immediately disregarded as lacking clinical relevance. The results of a movement screen provide a repeatable way to objectively observe, examine, and

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