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dc.contributor.authorNg, Leo
dc.contributor.authorRosalie, Simon
dc.contributor.authorSherry, D.
dc.contributor.authorLoh, W.
dc.contributor.authorSjurseth, A.
dc.contributor.authorIyengar, S.
dc.contributor.authorWild, C.
dc.identifier.citationNg, L. and Rosalie, S. and Sherry, D. and Loh, W. and Sjurseth, A. and Iyengar, S. and Wild, C. 2018. A biomechanical comparison in the lower limb and lumbar spine between a hit and drag flick in field hockey. Journal of Sports Sciences: pp. 1-7.

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Research has revealed that field hockey drag flickers have greater odds of hip and lumbar injuries compared to non-drag flickers (DF). This study aimed to compare the biomechanics of a field hockey hit and a specialised field hockey drag flick. Eighteen male and seven female specialised hockey DF performed a hit and a drag flick in a motion analysis laboratory with an 18-camera three-dimensional motion analysis system and a calibrated multichannel force platform to examine differences in lower limb and lumbar kinematics and kinetics. Results revealed that drag flicks were performed with more of a forward lunge on the left lower limb resulting in significantly greater left ankle dorsiflexion, knee, hip and lumbar flexion (Ps < 0.001) compared to a hit. Drag flicks were also performed with significantly greater lateral flexion (P  <  0.002) and rotation of the lumbar spine (P  <  0.006) compared to a hit. Differences in kinematics lead to greater shear, compression and tensile forces in multiple left lower limb and lumbar joints in the drag flick compared to the hit (P  <  0.05). The biomechanical differences in drag flicks compared to a hit may have ramifications with respect to injury in field hockey drag flickers.

dc.titleA biomechanical comparison in the lower limb and lumbar spine between a hit and drag flick in field hockey
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Sports Sciences
curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
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