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Invited session on “Quality of movements – more than meets the eye?”


Assessment of muscle function is important within sports. Various aspects of poor muscle function have been linked with the risk of lower extremity injury and worse outcomes following injury, such as an increased risk of recurrent injury and absence from sports.


Assessment often includes measures of muscle strength and measures of functional performance, such as hop tests. The quality of movement is another aspect of muscle function, which may also be important. Modern, laboratory-based three-dimensional (3-D) motion analysis technology is the gold standard for quantifying movements. The use of clinical assessment of movement quality by visual rating, that is more easily administered in the clinical setting and in large scale studies, has increased during recent years.

This invited session brings together researchers from Australia and Sweden with expertise in clinical and biomechanical assessment of movement quality during the performance of daily and sport-specific tasks. We will present research on: development and evaluation of clinical assessment of movement quality, quantifying movements in motion analysis systems, and the underlying sensorimotor and biomechanical mechanisms contributing to altered movement quality. We will also cover the influence of gender, injury, and prevention/rehabilitation on altered movement quality.

kay-m-crossleyThe first speaker in this invited session is Professor Kay M. Crossley, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. She will present and discuss different approaches to how movement quality can be measured clinically, validity and reliability of clinical assessment of movement quality and the association between altered movement quality and injury.

mark-w-creabyThe second speaker is Associate Professor Mark W Creaby, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia. He will present and discuss sensorimotor and biomechanical mechanisms associated with good and poor performance in clinical tests of movement quality. This will include data on links between poor movement quality, muscle size, strength, control, activation patterns, and gait mechanics.

eva-agebergThe third speaker is Associate Professor Eva Ageberg, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. She will present and discuss findings on selecting the appropriate clinical tests for assessing movement quality, the association of worse movement quality with symptoms, function, and gender and whether altered movements can predict the outcome after rehabilitation.

Welcome to attend this symposium, which will take place Wednesday June 24th at 3 pm in lecture room “High Live 4”!

Eva Ageberg, Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University