Relationship between core strength, hip external rotator strength, and star excursion balance test performance in female lacrosse players.

Authors:  Gordon AT, Ambegaonkar JP, Caswell SV

Female athletes have high rates of lower extremity (LE) injuries. Core strength (CS) and hip external rotator (HER) strength have been suggested to be factors that influence LE injury risk. Better balance has also been shown to decrease LE injury risk. Still, little research has examined whether core strength and hip muscle strength can influence LE balance. Therefore the purpose of the current study was to examine the relationships between core strength, hip ER strength and lower extremity balance as measured by the star balance excursion test (SEBT).

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