Date of Award

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Kevin D. Dames, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mark A. Sutherlin, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sonya Comins, M.S. Ed.

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate if preseason Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic Questionnaire (KJOC) scores, shoulder strength or range of motion could be predictive of injury in DIII collegiate swimmers. Methods: Thirty-nine collegiate swimmers completed the KJOC. Additionally, fifteen swimmers completed baseline shoulder range of motion and strength testing. All injury data were collected throughout the course of one competitive swimming season. Results: KJOC scores significantly contributed to the model’s ability to predict injury prevalence p < .014. Shoulder total arc of motion and internal rotation strength were not significant predictors of injury p > .05. Conclusion: While significant, the overall injury prediction model using total KJOC was able to adequately predict which swimmers did not sustain an injury. Therefore, the model lacked high sensitivity and further research should continue to investigate potential precursors of injury in collegiate swimmers.

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