Project Advisor(s)

Dr. Stephanie Fuhr

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Sports Sciences

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Objective-This study aims to identify the relationship between the Fifa 11+ program and the angle of valgus deformity at the knee. Background-200,000 ACL tears are reported each year. Previous studies have linked valgus motion of the knee to an increased rate of ACL injury and females exhibit a 4-6x increased risk for ACL injury. Fifa 11+ has shown promise in studies done on professional soccer teams yet remains untested in a younger population. Methods-This prospective cohort study of 300 consented female soccer players will use Noraxon as a tool for the measurement of valgus angle at the knee. The 300 soccer players belong to 20 teams in the St. Louis area and have players ages 14-16 (freshman in high school). Analysis of the motion will be performed before implantation of the program in a control group and intervention group and at the 6-month time point. Outcome Measurements-Efficacy of the program will be determined by the program’s ability to change the natural motion of the knee. The difference in the beginning valgus angle and the end valgus angle will be measured to evaluate if the program is effective. The number of ACL injuries will also be used to determine if there are less injuries in the intervention group than in the control group. 3 Physical therapy tests will be used to take measurements of factors that may introduce confounders.

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This project was done at Washington University School of Medicine in the summer of 2017 and is part of my Biology Senior Inquiry course.

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Determining the Efficacy of Fifa 11+ in Reducing ACL Injury in Female Soccer Players

Objective-This study aims to identify the relationship between the Fifa 11+ program and the angle of valgus deformity at the knee. Background-200,000 ACL tears are reported each year. Previous studies have linked valgus motion of the knee to an increased rate of ACL injury and females exhibit a 4-6x increased risk for ACL injury. Fifa 11+ has shown promise in studies done on professional soccer teams yet remains untested in a younger population. Methods-This prospective cohort study of 300 consented female soccer players will use Noraxon as a tool for the measurement of valgus angle at the knee. The 300 soccer players belong to 20 teams in the St. Louis area and have players ages 14-16 (freshman in high school). Analysis of the motion will be performed before implantation of the program in a control group and intervention group and at the 6-month time point. Outcome Measurements-Efficacy of the program will be determined by the program’s ability to change the natural motion of the knee. The difference in the beginning valgus angle and the end valgus angle will be measured to evaluate if the program is effective. The number of ACL injuries will also be used to determine if there are less injuries in the intervention group than in the control group. 3 Physical therapy tests will be used to take measurements of factors that may introduce confounders.