Reliability of the gymSAFE movement screen to predict health and biomechanical faults in female gymnasts
Todd E. Davenport: 0000-0001-5772-7727
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice
Background: Women’s gymnastics ranks second highest in collegiate sports for injuries. The gymSAFE Movement Screen (GMS) is the first screening application to identify areas associated with mechanisms of injury in gymnastics. Purpose: Investigate reliability of GMS scores between two physical therapists who varied in experience with gymnastics. Methods: 25 female gymnasts, between 5-16 years of age, were screened by two physical therapists. Percent agreement and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) of scores were analyzed. Findings: ICC for total scores was .71 (95% CI (p<.002) for the first measurement and 0.51 (p <.043) for the second. Percent agreement fundamental gymnastic movements items ranged from 42.4% to 77.6%, and 84.6% to 92.3% for the strength and flexibility items. Clinical Relevance: A universal screen can assist in interdisciplinary care for female gymnasts. Conclusions: Overall, the physical therapists were strongly comparable especially in areas of strength and flexibility. Training for concordance appears necessary for fundamental gymnastics movement subscale because agreement was more variable.
Davenport, T. E.
Reliability of the gymSAFE movement screen to predict health and biomechanical faults in female gymnasts.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 34(3), 171–176.