Sports Medicine

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 551–562

Dosage Effects of Neuromuscular Training Intervention to Reduce Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Female Athletes: Meta- and Sub-Group Analyses

Authors

  • Dai Sugimoto
    • The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention
    • Division of Sports Medicine, Department of OrthopedicsBoston Children’s Hospital
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center and Human Performance Laboratory
    • College of Health ScienceUniversity of Kentucky
  • Gregory D. Myer
    • The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center and Human Performance Laboratory
    • Department of Pediatrics, College of MedicineUniversity of Cincinnati
    • Athletic Training Division, School of Allied Medical ProfessionsThe Ohio State University
  • Kim D. Barber Foss
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center and Human Performance Laboratory
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center and Human Performance Laboratory
    • College of Health ScienceUniversity of Kentucky
    • Department of Pediatrics, College of MedicineUniversity of Cincinnati
    • Athletic Training Division, School of Allied Medical ProfessionsThe Ohio State University
    • Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati
    • Sports Health & Performance InstituteThe Ohio State University
Systematic Review

DOI: 10.1007/s40279-013-0135-9

Cite this article as:
Sugimoto, D., Myer, G.D., Barber Foss, K.D. et al. Sports Med (2014) 44: 551. doi:10.1007/s40279-013-0135-9

Abstract

Background

Although a series of meta-analyses demonstrated neuromuscular training (NMT) is an effective intervention to reduce anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in female athletes, the potential existence of a dosage effect remains unknown.

Objective

Our objective was to systematically review previously published clinical trials and evaluate potential dosage effects of NMT for ACL injury reduction in female athletes.

Design

This study took the form of a meta- and sub-group analysis.

Setting

The keywords ‘knee’, ‘anterior cruciate ligament’, ‘ACL’, ‘prospective’, ‘neuromuscular’, ‘training’, ‘female’, and ‘prevention’ were utilized in PubMed and EBSCO host for studies published between 1995 and May 2012.

Participants

Inclusion criteria set for studies in the current analysis were (i) recruited female athletes as subjects, (ii) documented the number of ACL injuries, (iii) employed an NMT intervention aimed to reduce ACL injuries, (iv) had a control group, (v) used a prospective control trial design, and (vi) provided NMT session duration and frequency information.

Main outcome measures

The number of ACL injuries and female athletes in each group (control and intervention) were compared based on duration, frequency, and volume of NMT via odds ratios (ORs).

Results

A total of 14 studies were reviewed. Analyses that compared the number of ACL injuries with short versus long NMT duration showed greater ACL injury reduction in female athletes who were in the long NMT duration group (OR 0.35, 95 % CI 0.23–0.53, p = 0.001) than in those in the short NMT duration group (OR 0.61, 95 % CI 0.41–0.90, p = 0.013). Analyses that compared single versus multi NMT frequency indicated greater ACL injury reduction in multi NMT frequency (OR 0.35, 95 % CI 0.23–0.53, p = 0.001) compared with single NMT frequency (OR 0.62, 95 % CI 0.41–0.94, p = 0.024). Combining the duration and frequency of NMT programs, an inverse dose-response association emerged among low (OR 0.66, 95 % CI 0.43–0.99, p = 0.045), moderate (OR 0.46, 95 % CI 0.21–1.03, p = 0.059), and high (OR 0.32, 95 % CI 0.19–0.52, p = 0.001) NMT volume categories.

Conclusions

The inverse dose-response association observed in the subgroup analysis suggests that the higher the NMT volume, the greater the prophylactic effectiveness of the NMT program and increased benefit in ACL injury reduction among female athletes.

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