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The association of physical performance tests with injury in collegiate athletes
  1. Eric J Hegedus
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eric J Hegedus, Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave, High Point, NC 27262, USA; ehegedus{at}

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2016–2017 Academy Awards Submission

Successful Defence: 28 October 2016

What did I do?

The first aim of my PhD involved reviewing the literature to determine whether common, established physical performance tests demonstrated predictive validity with regard to lower extremity injuries in athletic populations.

The second aim was to prospectively examine the association of physical performance tests performed in the preseason with injury acquired during the season.

Why did I do it?

As a clinician scientist, it is my personal belief, and one shared with others,1 2 that injury is best explained by a dynamic systems model. Within this model, there are numerous inter-related variables such that the change in one variable affects all other variables. As I spoke with clinicians, an increasing number were speaking with certainty that asymmetry on slowly performed tests was predictive of injury. This simple mechanism of testing did not seem to fit with the …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.