Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Nicole Cattano, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Scott Heinerichs, Ed.D., LAT, ATC
Katherine Morrison, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Context: Previous studies have looked at the impact of functional movement score (FMS) and aerobic fitness (VO2max), and injury. Few studies have included patient reported outcomes (PRO) as a means of assessing overall well-being over the course of a competitive athletic season. Objective: To assess PRO’s over a competitive season among aerobic fitness, injury and FMS groups. Secondarily, to examine if there was a relationship between FMS scores and VO2max. Design: Prospective Cohort Study. Setting: Division II University. Participants: Twenty-four healthy NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse athletes. Interventions: Participants completed the FMS and Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Level 1 fitness test prior to the start of preseason and completed a daily readiness questionnaire via email. Results were analyzed using Independent t-tests, Repeated Measures ANOVA, and Pearson’s correlations. A priori statistical significance was set at P≤0.05. Results: Average VO2max was 41.52±1.51ml/kg/min. All individuals who sustained injuries had higher VO2max scores than those who did not sustain an injury. Those in the Good VO2max group reported better PRO over time for fatigue and general muscle soreness than the Fair VO2max group. A strong positive correlation was found between injury and aerobic fitness. There was no difference between the injured and non-injured groups for FMS composite scores. Conclusions: Those with higher aerobic fitness were found to sustain more injuries however reported better PRO’s throughout the season. There was no difference in FMS scores among any group indicating aerobic fitness testing could be a more useful assessment in addressing injury risk. Word Count: 246 Key Words: VO2max, readiness questionnaire, injury, FMS.
Bindel, Marybeth E., "Exploring the Relationship between Aerobic Fitness, Functional Movement, Patient Reported Outcomes, and Injury in Women's Lacrosse" (2018). West Chester University Master’s Theses. 28.