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Relationship between impaired movement control and current injuries in powerlifters: a cross sectional study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Movement control might be of importance for powerlifters when lifting heavy weights in order to minimize injury occurrence. The aim was to identify the movement control in powerlifters, and if there is any relationship between impaired movement control and injuries.


A cross-sectional study design was used. 24 powerlifters were included in the study. A questionnaire that included questions about injury prevalence and eleven movement control tests were used as outcome measures. Univariate Logistic Regression Analyses was used to describe the relationship between powerlifters’ movement control and current injuries.


70 % of the powerlifters reported current injury. Range of motion was the most common reason for not passing the movement control tests. No significant relationships were shown between movement control and injury. Conclusions

Powerlifters muscle stiffness might be a reason for the impaired movement control. Stiffness and the powerlifters’ ability to move without compensation needs to be further investigated using a longitudinal study design in order to see if a more optimal movement with less stiff muscles might reduce the high prevalence of injuries. Future studies should try to include more participants to ensure that the lack of significance is not due to a low sample size. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Powerlifting, movement control test, injury, stiffness
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122453OAI: diva2:939004
Educational program
Master program in Sports Medicine
Available from: 2016-06-17 Created: 2016-06-17 Last updated: 2016-06-17Bibliographically approved

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