Effects of unplanned training on neurocognitive function and biomechanical patterns: Relationship between muscle force control and balance

What is the purpose of the study

  • We are investigating the effects of unplanned training on neurocognitive function and biomechanical patterns (i.e., how the body moves) to understand its likely effect on knee injuries (i.e., anterior cruciate ligament injuries). Understanding these factors can lead to new long-term interventions to decrease the risk of knee injuries.

Who can participate?

  • Females of 18 years old, or older
  • Those with experience in sports including jumping/cutting motions (any level is acceptable: football, volleyball, basketball, netball, rugby, handball, badminton, lacrosse etc.)
  • Those who are free of any current injuries of the lower limbs

What does the study involve?

Visiting the University of Essex Sports Science laboratories on two occasions, separated by one-week

  • The first session is ~2.5 hours and the second session is ~1.5 hours
  • Participation includes, landing and cutting tasks and neurocognitive tests

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Ms Mika Konishi  (