All of the athletes involved in this study fell under our IRB (Institutional Review Board) application and were all involved in organized soccer clubs (developmental leagues) and/or school sanctioned soccer. During this study, we were collecting (in addition to other information) demographic data, orthopedic history and movement information from a standardized movement assessment. As we started to assess these athletes, we quickly started to see three common trends, especially in our younger athletes.
- Younger athletes who had a history of concussion reported an increase number of non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries (ankle sprain/strains, knee injuries, etc.).
- Athletes who had a history of concussion also performed very poorly on their single limb tests.
- Athletes with a history of concussion also had increased number of losses of balance during the course of our assessment.
- Have an increase risk for LKC non-contact injuries.
- Have an increase risk for ACL injuries.
- Have a decrease in athletic performance.