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Research poster stemming from IPEC mini-grant funded student project Effect of The Prevent Injury Enhance Performance Program on Biomechanical Risk Factors and Performance Variables in Male Collegiate Lacrosse Athletes. Background: Landing and cutting maneuvers are common mechanisms for noncontact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Men’s lacrosse is a high risk sport for ACL injury. The Prevent Injury Enhance Performance (PEP) program has been shown to decrease injury rates in women’s soccer but has not been studied in men’s lacrosse. Purpose: Determine if collegiate men’s lacrosse athletes land and cut in ways that put them at risk of ACL tear and to determine the effect of the PEP program on these mechanics. Methods: Twenty-two male collegiate lacrosse athletes participated in this study. Kinetics and kinematics were measured during a single leg drop-landing and a cutting maneuver before and after the spring 2015 season. Half of the participants performed the the PEP program, half of the participants performed a typical lacrosse warm up. Results: No group by time difference was observed in any variable in either task. Both groups demonstrated increased knee flexion angles at initial contact while cutting with the dominant limb. Conclusion: Neither group displayed mechanics that may increase risk of ACL tear. The PEP program did not alter landing and cutting mechanics more than a typical lacrosse warm up.

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Physical Therapy | Sports Sciences

Effect Of The PEP Program On Biomechanical Risk Factors In Male Collegiate Lacrosse Athletes

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