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"The effect of proprioceptive training associated with the mental imagery exercise programs on the prevention of ankle sprains in young soccer players"

Mousa Dehghan, Kavous Eydivandi and Gholamhasan Jaafarzadeh

The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of proprioception training associated with the mental imagery on prevention of ankle sprain in young footballer. The present study is a quasi-experimental research carried out using the experimental and control groups. The research population is all of young soccer players of Khuzestan province in Iran among which 400 are selected randomly and divided into an experimental group (mental and proprioception) and a control group. In this study the electrogoniometer is used to determine the athlete’s proprioceptive and proprioception training and mental imagery to improve proprioceptive in order to reduce sport injuries. Data analysis has been performed via the SPSS software. The t-test was used to compare the results of the control group and experimental group before and after the test. ANOVA has been used to compare the groups mean differences. The results survey show that using mental imagery and proprioception training improve the efficiency of proprioceptive system and reduce the injuries in young athletes. The results show that using mental and proprioception associated with the bodybuilding training is the best way to reduce the injuries.