The reliability of musculoskeletal screening tests used in cricke

Rebecca J. Dennis, Caroline F. Finch, Bruce C. Elliott and Patrick J. Farhart

The objective of this study was to determine the inter- and intra-observer reliability of a field-based musculoskeletal screening protocol used to measure potential injury risk factors in cricket fast bowlers.  10 participants completed the following tests: knee extension; modified Thomas test (hip extension and abduction); hip internal and external rotation; combined elevation; ankle dorsiflexion lunge; bridging hold; prone four point hold; and calf heel raises.  The authors conclude that with the exception of the bridging hold, all tests would be considered acceptable where only one observer was conducting the testing. However, only the ankle dorsiflexion lunge, combined elevation test, calf heel raise test and prone four point hold have acceptable reliability when there are multiple physiotherapists recording measurements.

Physical Therapy in Sport, November 2007, online article ahead of press

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