Call for adolescent girls to join sports study

University of Wollongong PhD researcher Catherine Wild is conducting a study into sporting injuries in adolescent girls. Picture: KIRK GILMOURA University of Wollongong student is looking for volunteers to assist with a new study that may help prevent sporting injuries in adolescent girls.Catherine Wild, a PhD candidate in the biomechanics research laboratory, is hoping to find girls aged 10-13 to assist with her research into the fact that adolescent girls report more soft-tissue injuries during sports compared to boys.Ms Wild hopes to determine whether the rapid growth and hormonal changes during adolescence affect the co-ordination of girls during landing and jumping movements.”My hypothesis is that their co-ordination is going to decrease during the peak of their growth spurt,” Ms Wild said.Participants will be required to meet with Ms Wild at regular intervals to undergo measurements.”The study goes for 12 months and they’ll come into the biomechanics lab here at the university four times in that year,” Ms Wild said.”I’ll be measuring their strength, flexibility, hormone levels (with a saliva sample so there will be no blood tests) and looking at how their co-ordination during jumping movements, such as hopping, changes. I track that every month and I go to their house to do it.”It doesn’t matter whether or not the girls are sporty, as long as they are healthy.Information gained from the study will help to design training programs in schools and sporting clubs.People interested in participating in the project should call 4221 4480.
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