Published on 23 October 2014
A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher has identified differences in the kicking mechanics of soccer players who have had a common type of groin pain, compared to those who have not.
PhD student Cicci Severin has been invited to present her recent Science Honours research to the First World Conference on Groin Pain in Athletes, to be held at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar on 1-3 November.
Ms Severin, of Parrearra, is an international student from Sweden and a former personal trainer who also has a USC Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
“It will be such a great opportunity to network with world leaders in this research field,” she said.
USC Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Dr Mark Sayers said Ms Severin’s study examined the relationship between technique and injury in soccer players but the findings could also relate to goal-kicking in other football codes.
“Ultimately, this research is working towards developing a screening test to prevent groin pain, particularly a condition centred around the hip that affects about 20 percent of all footballers,” Dr Sayers said.
Ms Severin recorded and analysed the pelvic and hip joint kinematics (motion) of 22 semi-professional, male soccer players aged from 19 to 26.
“During maximal instep kicking, players with previous groin pain employed different kinematics and coordination in the hips and pelvis compared to uninjured players,” she said. “They also adapted differently to an altered approach angle.”
She said the support of Sunshine Coast FC Fire was invaluable and she was continuing to work with the club in sports medicine and rehabilitation areas.
She also takes students from the University on clinical placements with the club.
“It’s great working with athletes because they’re eager to take your rehabilitation recommendations so they can get back to playing as soon as possible after an injury,” she said.
— Julie Schomberg