Soccer Study- Athletes Needed!

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Briana Tharp

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Last Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2010

Attachment: Pilot Consent Form Approved and stamped.PDF (519.82 K)

Dear soccer players,

My name is Ali El-Kerdi. I am a Ph.D. student at Drexel University. I am currently conducting a study on soccer athletes examining the role of core stabilization training on improved balance and performance. The testing will take place at Drexel's Hahnemann campus but the training may take place anywhere. In essence, the study entails 2 testing sessions and for the athletes to undergo intense core stabilization training for 8 weeks. As of now, we only have permission to recruit and test 10 athletes (5 control and 5 experimental). The athletes in the control group will not be required to go through the core stabilization program; they simply get tested twice 8-weeks apart.

The testing is simple:

1) I will put a sensor on the upper back and dominant arm
2) Ask the athlete to sit on a chair with a 1/2 ball on the bottom and do a few balance tests in sitting
3) Do some standing balance tests
4) Kick a ball into a net (looking a kicking speed)
5) Do a jump test to see how high they can jump.

The testing should take about 2 hours

I attached a copy of the consent form, contact information form, Intake form and a recruitment flyer for your perusal. If you deem this study interesting enough and beneficial to the sport, please forward the information on to the athletes.

Please read the consent form and let me know if you have any questions. If after reading the form you are still interested in participating, I would be VERY happy to begin scheduling the tests and subsequent training. You can also fill-out the other forms before coming in. Would make things run a little quicker. .

Please keep in mind that if the athlete does qualify for the study and if they don't get selected into the training group that you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NOT change their current training routines or begin doing the core stab program that their teammates are doing. I would be more than happy to train them AFTER the study is completed in 8 weeks. The athletes will also be asked to keep track of all your training (I have a separate excel sheet for that).

For this pilot study, I only need 10 athletes. Once this experiment is complete and the data in analyze, I may be recruiting additional athletes for a similar bigger study

Please call or e-mail me ANYTIME if you have any questions. If you are interested then we can get you scheduled ASAP.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Dr. Ali I. El-Kerdi, DPT, MS, PT, CAT,(C), ATC/L, CSCS
Dept Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Drexel University

Cell: (410) 430-4560

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