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Medicina dello Sport 2021 September;74(3):559-72

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.21.03984-3

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Relationship between functional movement screen results and physical performance parameters in basketball players: preliminary results

Giuseppe FRANCAVILLA 1, Valerio BONAVOLONTÀ 2, Stefania CATALDI 2, Vito F. FASANO 2, Giuseppe MESSINA 3 , Francesco FISCHETTI 1

1 Paolo Giaccone University Hospital, Palermo, Italy; 2 School of Medicine, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Sense Organs, University of Bari “Aldo Moro,” Bari, Italy; 3 Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement, Posture and Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy


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BACKGROUND: Modern training deals with both prevention and performance. Functional movement screen (FMS) has been identified as a possible sport-specific indicator beside the injury prevention role. Aim of the study was to verify the effects of a strength and agility training in basketball players on FMS scores and to verify if any improvements in FMS score were related to performance improvements.
METHODS: BMI, 1RM squat test and flat bench test, FMS modified by Liebenson, Agility test by Cuzzolin were performed in 12 basketball players (age 26.4±8.2 years) before and after 12 weeks of a specific training program composed by strength training, agility and repeated sprint ability.
RESULTS: Except for BMI and agility test (no significative and least significative improvements) all the other test (1RM squat test and flat bench test) showed significative improvements between 7 and 8% after the intervention. No significative correlation was found between FMS scores and 1RM strength and agility values.
CONCLUSIONS: Our preliminary results suggest that it is advisable to use standard physical tests to evaluate athletic performance rather than tools aimed to injury prevention such as the FMS.


KEY WORDS: Prevention and control; Exercise; Sports

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