p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Engin Dinç1, Serdar Arslan2

1Public Health Services, State Directorate of Health, Konya, Türkiye
2Faculty of Health Sciences, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Türkiye

Keywords: Football, injuries, musculoskeletal system


Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine and compare the scores of the functional movement screen (FMS) of professional male soccer players in different leagues.

Materials and Methods: Previously collected data of 64 athletes who were competing in three different soccer leagues, using the FMS test battery procedure were analyzed. Asymmetry and dysfunction rates, total FMS scores, scores of FMS subgroups and scores of each test were compared.

Results: There was no statistically significant difference between the FMS scores of soccer players who were competing in different leagues (p˃0.05). In addition, the difference between motor control, mobility and reflex core stabilization subgroup scores were not statistically significant (p˃0.05). When the tests were compared individually, only the rotatory stability test score was found to be statistically significantly different (p<0.05).

Conclusions: The rate of asymmetry and dysfunction is high in professional soccer players along with the scores of FMS tests were not significantly different according to the levels of players playing in the professional league, except for the rotation stability test. Players in the top professional league have higher scores in the rotation stability test and less dysfunction. Therefore, postural control is affected by the professional league level in soccer.

Cite this article as: Dinc E, Arslan S. Effect of competition level on functional movement screening scores in soccer players: a retrospective study. Turk J Sports Med. 2022, 57(3):123-8; https://doi.org/10.47447/tjsm.0612

Ethics Committee Approval

The approval for this study was obtained from Clinical Research Ethics Board of Necmettin Erbakan University (Approval number: 2019/2065, Date: 13.09.2019).

Author Contributions

Concept: ED,SA; Design: ED,SA; Supervision: ED,SA; Materials: ED,SA; Data Collections an Processing: ED,SA; Analysis and Interpretation: ED,SA; Literature Review: ED,SA; Writing Manuscript: ED,SA; Critical Reviews:ED,SA.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to authorship and/or publication of the article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors received no financial support for the research and/or publication of this article.