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This mixed method study was designed to investigate self-perceptions before and after experiencing an activity that dynamically and statically challenges proximal stability of the pelvis, spine, and trunk. Twenty-eight, healthy Division II female soccer and volleyball collegiate players (17 soccer, 11 volley-ball) completed a self-reported Tegner activity scale, pretest questionnaire and posttest interview. A self-perceived numeric rating of the athletes’ proximal stability and performance on a functional movement screen (FMS) were recorded. A guided interview was used to examine the self perceptions of proximal stability after the FMS testing session. Differences and correlations between the pretest and posttest ratings of proximal stability and FMS scores were analyzed using a 1-sample Kolmogorov-Smirnov test and Spearman’s rank order correlation test, respectively. Residual standard error from a 1-way analysis of variance was used to explore the association between variables. Qualitative data were recorded and transcribed. There were significant differences between the pretest (3.4 6 0.63) and posttest ratings (3.16 0.49) of proximal stability (p= 0.01). The relationship between the pretest proximal stability ratings and the FMS scores was low (r=0.19, p = 0.33), whereas posttest rating and FMS scores had a moderately high (r= 0.68, p= 0.00) correlation. There was a smaller residual standard error for the posttest ratings (1.7) when compared with the pretest ratings (3.2) with the FMS. Four qualitative themes emerged: (a) wanting to do well, (b) expectations of performance, (c) focused mental mindset, and (d) body control. Self-perceptions of proximal stability in female athletes were influenced by undergoing a test that stressed the proximal stabilizers. Combining assessments of self-perceptions and proximal stability may assist clinicians and athletes in targeting components of training.


Palmer, T. G., Howell, D. M., Mattacola, C. G., & Viele, K. (2013). Self-Perceptions of Proximal Stability as Measured by the Functional Movement Screen. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(8), 2157-2164. DOI:10.1519/jsc.0b013e318279f940