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Injury in youth physical activity has become a major concern with the rising rate of participation. Lumbopelvic-hip complex (LPHC) stability, also known as core stability, has been found to contribute to proper force dissipation and ultimately more effective mechanics. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a LPHC neuromuscular strengthening program on at-risk youth using the Tuck Jump Assessment. Forty-five youth grades 6, 7, and 8 participated in the Tuck Jump Assessment. Then those participants who scores were indicative of 'at risk' were enrolled in a four-week LPHC intervention program. Those participants whose sores did not fall into the 'at risk' category were the control group. After four-weeks groups were retested with the Tuck Jump Assessment. A paired-T test revealed that the intervention group had significant improvement on their Tuck Jump Assessment (p < 0.01), while the control group's scores did not change. It was thus concluded that strengthening the LPHC provides more control and stability in functional activity. Implementation of an intervention program in youth may decrease the susceptibility to injury in physical activity as well as contribute to more sound mechanics.

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Clinical Kinesiology

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This is the Accepted author manuscript version from Clinical Kinesiology 2013, 67(3): 39-43. Copyright © 2013 Clinical Kinesiology



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