The LLCI provides the player and medical-conditioning staff with quantifiable information about the state of multiple anatomical areas and the lower limb as a whole.
The aim of this study was to examine the relation between lower limb comfort scores and injury and also to measure the responsiveness of the LLCI to changes of comfort over time.
The LLCI was developed to provide a tool for clinicians and athletes to monitor lower limb comfort at multiple anatomical regions.
A Predicted TLE was an injury occurring during the football week (training sessions or match) following the recording of poor (red zone) comfort (Predicted TLE = LLCI data pre injury).
16) between poor (red zone) comfort and no time loss events provides confidence the method of measuring comfort by use of the LLCI is a valid test of determining time loss events.
While, a weak correlation between non-contact time loss events and prediction of time loss events (Predicted TLE = LLCI data pre injury) was calculated ([R.
This example represents an occasion where the injury was classified as a Known TLE as the incident occurred prior to the recording of comfort (Known TLE = LLCI data post injury)
Two new time loss events occurred in weeks 6 and 10, during which poor (red zone) comfort, was predictive of injury (Predicted TLE = LLCI data pre injury).
An advantage of the LLCI is the prospective recording of comfort.
The recording of time loss events to the knee and below were based on two criteria: the LLCI was not tested during development to include other anatomical locations such as the groin or hip and the inclusion of more areas would have created an index which was overly complicated, from a time to complete perspective.
The capacity to use comfort in two ways, as a method to predict injury (Predicted TLE) or to categorize the extent of a known injury (Known TLE) by observing the comfort scores provides a mechanism to more capably manage an athlete in either a proactive sense (Predicted TLE = LLCI data pre injmy), or manage poor lower limb discomfort when it is known (Known TLE = LLCI data post injury).