Date of Publication

5-9-2015

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Dr. Christopher Williams, Associate Professor Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education

Abstract

Neuromuscular adaptations are primarily responsible for more explosive movements through recruitment of fast twitch muscle fibers; and as a result, rate of force development increases, which may increase joint stability. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of neuromuscular training on joint stability. Using the Ariel Computerized Exercise System (ACES), a 4-week training program was developed. Ten participants performed squats, leg drives, lateral squats, and deadlifts twice a week, for three sets of ten seconds each, at 50% of maximal velocity. Pre and post-tests were performed using the Landing Error Scoring System in Real Time (LESS-RT). Results indicated significant decrease in scores, indicating that the risk of injury had decreased and joint stability increased.

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