Date of Graduation

Spring 2015


Master of Science in Athletic Training



Committee Chair

Tona Hetzler


injury risk, injury prediction, movement quality, injury prevention, movement assessment

Subject Categories

Sports Sciences


Field hockey is one of the most popular sports worldwide and is continuing to grow and evolve in the United States. Due to growth and change of the sport, there is a cause for concern regarding increase risk of injuries. The largest gap in field hockey injury information involves how injuries occur and the effectiveness of preventative strategies. Further research needs to be done to identify situations that lead to injury and specific mechanisms of injury. In this study, the Field Hockey Functional Position Screen (FHFPS) was developed to determine if the functional position of a field hockey player could be a factor for the amount of injuries during a season. The primary purpose of this study is to explore the relationship of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the FHFPS. The FMS was used to assess the player's movement quality before season. The study also explored the relationships among the FMS, injury, and FHFPS. Athletes on a local University field hockey team completed a demographic questionnaire, an FMS screening, and were evaluated using the FHFPS during pre-season. Injuries were recorded throughout the season by the team's certified athletic trainer (ATC). This study found that the FMS and the FHFPS did not predict injuries. No correlation was found between the FMS and the FHFPS in regards to injuries. Further research is needed to develop a reliable screen for the field hockey functional position to help determine if the functional position can predict the risk of injury.


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