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Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology

, 3:18

First Online: 13 September 2011Received: 13 July 2010Accepted: 13 September 2011


BackgroundKnowledge of normal muscle characteristics is crucial in planning rehabilitation programmes for injured athletes. There is a high incidence of ankle and anterior tibial symptoms in football players, however little is known about the effect of limb dominance on the anterior tibial muscle group ATMG. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of limb dominance and sports-specific activity on ATMG thickness in Gaelic footballers and non-football playing controls using ultrasound measurements, and to compare results from transverse and longitudinal scans.

MethodsBilateral ultrasound scans were taken to assess the ATMG size in 10 Gaelic footballers and 10 sedentary controls age range 18-25 yrs, using a previously published protocol. Both transverse and longitudinal images were taken. Muscle thickness measurements were carried out blind to group and side of dominance, using the Image-J programme.

ResultsMuscle thickness on the dominant leg was significantly greater than the non-dominant leg in the footballers with a mean difference of 7.3%, while there was no significant dominance effect in the controls p < 0.05. There was no significant difference between the measurements from transverse or longitudinal scans.

ConclusionsA significant dominance effect exists in ATMG size in this group of Gaelic footballers, likely attributable to the kicking action involved in the sport. This should be taken into account when rehabilitating footballers with anterior tibial pathology. Ultrasound is a reliable tool to measure ATMG thickness, and measurement may be taken in transverse or longitudinal section.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1758-2555-3-18 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Karen McCreesh and Sinead Egan contributed equally to this work.

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Autor: Karen McCreesh - Sinead Egan

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