MOVES Lab Graduates!

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Congratulations to two excellent undergraduate research assistants, Kristen Looman and Olivia DiCarlantonio, for their recent graduation!  Kristen received her B.S. in Biology and will be working as an Anesthesia Technician at the Wexner Medical Center as she prepares for medical school.  Olivia graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and is pursuing a career in medical device sales.

Differences between Football Competition Levels in Rates and Patterns of Ankle Sprains

Rates and rate ratios of ankle sprains in youth, high school, and college football, 2012-2014 seasons. *Statistically significant. LLC = lateral ligament complex.

Rates and rate ratios of ankle sprains in youth, high school, and college football, 2012-2014 seasons. *Statistically significant. LLC = lateral ligament complex.

Dan Clifton, a member of the MOVES research laboratory and a doctoral student in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program at The Ohio State University, recently published a study examining epidemiological patterns of ankle sprains in youth, high school and college football players. The study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, performed in collaboration with the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Inc. and University of Virginia, compared rates and patterns of ankle sprains between all three competition levels. Results indicate that injury rates are greater among higher competition levels and that lateral ankle sprains are the most common type of sprain at all levels of participation. Additionally, college football has the greatest proportion of ankle sprains that are severe while youth football has the greatest proportion of ankle sprains that are recurrent. Differences between competition levels highlight the need for level-specific policies and prevention strategies to help reduce the incidence of ankle sprains across age groups.

MOVES Lab Researchers Find the Brain Needs to be Retrained After ACL Injury

In a recent study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, members from The Ohio State University MOVES research lab under the direction of Dr. James Onate and led by School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral student graduate Dr. Dustin Grooms, who is an assistant professor at Ohio University, found that brain activation for knee flexion-extension motion may be altered following ACL reconstruction (ACLR).  The study discusses results from 15 participants who had undergone ACLR and 15 matched healthy controls.  Functional MRI (fMRI) data were obtained for all participants during a knee motor task consisting of repeated cycles of knee flexion and extension.  Results indicate that the brain fundamentally changes how it processes information from an injured knee and how those with ACLR may rely more on visual systems than movement spatial awareness.

Since being published, this study has gained national media coverage.  Check out articles published on PsychCentral, Healthline News, Mass Device and watch news clips from KCNC-TV and KFVS-TV!

Testing Complete for the FPPE Project

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After 3 years of testing at high schools across the country, data collections for the FPPE Project have come to an end.  During this time, over 6,000 athletes completed functional testing consisting of an ankle dorsiflexion range of motion, a single leg anterior reach (SLAR), a single leg hop for distance (SLHOP), and a drop vertical jump landing evaluation (iLESS).  Results of this testing will provide clinicians with normative functional performance data as well as injury risk prediction capabilities of a functional pre-participation evaluation.