Are you a female that played or currently plays recreational or competitive soccer?

April 21, 2021

“The Effects of a Soccer Specific Vertical Jump on Landing Mechanics”
Are you a female that played or currently plays recreational or competitive soccer?

This study is being conducted by Sophia Mancini in the Biomechanics Laboratory at Ball State University under the supervision of Dr. Henry Wang.
IRB Approval # 1672880-4

WHY:

To determine how landing from a header in soccer effects lower-limb mechanics compared to other jumps.

WHO: 

  • Healthy female athletes involved with soccer
  • Between the ages of 18-25
  • Recreationally active
    • At least 30 minutes of sport play or exercise 3 days/week
  • At least 5 years of experience playing soccer
    • Most recent activity in the sport occurred no more than 5 years ago and required 30 minutes of activity on 3 out of 7 days of the week
  • No previous knee surgery requiring reconstruction
  • No lower body musculoskeletal injuries in the last 6 months
  • No neurological condition impairing the ability to jump or head a soccer ball.
  • Must not be currently taking any anti-vertigo medications (Ex. Dramamine, Anti-Vert)

WHAT: 

  • You will be asked to complete one data collection session lasting 90-120 minutes
  • During your visit, the study will be explained to you and you will perform multiple jumping tasks preceded by proper warm-ups as well as muscle strength testing on 6 lower extremity muscles
  • Will involve 3D motion capture and measuring muscle activity

BENEFIT: 

  • A Tango gift card in the amount of $25 will be awarded upon completion of the study.
  • This research will contribute to the safety of soccer by establishing relationships between landing from headers and other jumps

WHERE: 

  • Biomechanics Laboratory at Ball State University (HP 309 & 311)
  • Parking is available if coming from off campus


For more information contact Sophia Mancini at slmancini@bsu.edu or the Biomechanics Laboratory (765) 285-5178

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