Leung, F., Mendis, M., Stanton, W. & Hides, J. (2015). The relationship between the piriformis muscle, low back pain, lower limb injuries and motor control training among elite football players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,18(4), 407-411. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2014.06.011
Objectives: Australian Football League (AFL) players have a high incidence of back injuries. Motor control training to increase lumbopelvic neuromuscular control has been effective in reducing low back pain (LBP) and lower limb injuries in elite athletes. Control of pelvic and femoral alignment during functional activity involves the piriformis muscle. This study investigated (a) the effect of motor control training on piriformis muscle size in AFL players, with and without LBP, during the playing season, and (b) whether there is a relationship between lower limb injury and piriformis muscle size.
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