Changes in Proprioceptive Control in the Menstrual Cycle: a Risk Factor for Injuries? A Proof-of-Concept Study

SUMMARY Introduction. Over the past three decades, there has been an increase in female sport participation attributable to the growing development and investment in professional women’s sports. For an effective preventive strategy, it is necessary to analyze all risk factors that expose women to a higher probability of incurring injuries. The aim of our study … Continued

Relationship between Functional and Laboratory Balance Assessment in Females with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

SUMMARY Background. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common muscu- loskeletal problems, especially in young females. Dynamic standing balance impairment is a risk factor for PFPS. Objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between functional and laboratory dynamic standing balance assessment in women with PFPS to determine the role of … Continued

Neck Muscles Sense of Force in Healthy Individuals and Subjects with Trigger Points of the Upper Trapezius Muscle

SUMMARY Introduction. Trigger points can be the source of radiating pain and may interfere with normal muscle function. The aim of this study is to investigate the neck muscle’s sense of force in subjects with trigger points of the upper trapezius muscle compared with healthy subjects. Materials and methods. In a cross-sectional analytical study, in 40 young subjects … Continued

Effect of Eight-Week Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Pattern-Based Exercises on Performance Scores and Postural Stability in Elite Men Basketball Players

SUMMARY Background and objective. Balance is essential to an athlete’s ability and may be affected by some interventions like exercise. The Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) exercises to facilitate and control neuro-muscular systems. This study investigated the Effect of eight-week Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) pattern-based exercises on function and balance in elite basketball players. Materials and methods. This study was … Continued

Postural Stability in Men with Anterior Cruciate and Bicruciate Ligament Knee Injury

SUMMARY Background. Knee ligaments are not only recognized as mechanical stabilizers, but also as sensorimotor components contributing to the proprioceptive feedback mecha­nisms and neuromuscular stabilization of knee joint. The study investigated the influ­ence of isolated and bicruciate ligament injury of cruciate ligaments on postural stabil­ity in male individuals prior to reconstruction surgery. Materials and methods. … Continued