Nikki Rommers

Nikki Rommers
Universitätsspital Basel

PhD

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October 2016 - September 2020
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
October 2016 - May 2020
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Health sciences
October 2016 - May 2020
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Field of study
  • Rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy

Publications

Publications (26)
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This study examined the influence of both anthropometric and physical performance determinants on the likelihood to be selected to progress through a talent identification and development programme in young tennis. Data were collected in 538 young tennis players (323 males and 215 females) from 6 age categories (U8–U13). A principal component analy...
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Purpose: To evaluate the predictive value of a (non-)sport-specific test battery on the future success of young cyclists, test scores were compared with competition performances 2-3 years later. Methods: Three motor coordination, 5 physical performance, and 2 cycling-specific measurements were collected in 111 U15 (13.0-14.9 y) and 67 U17 (15.0-...
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Purpose: Neuromuscular training (NMT) is effective at reducing football injuries. The purpose of this study was to document the use of NMT to prevent anterior cruciate ligament injuries and lateral ankle sprains in adult amateur football and to identify barriers for using NMT. Methods: A preseason and in-season online survey was completed by pla...
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Anterior cruciate ligament tears are severe and complex knee injuries that commonly occur in soccer. Prevent injuries enhance performance (PEP) is an exercise-based prevention program to effectively reduce anterior cruciate ligament injuries. It is, however, unclear how the delivery of the program contributes to its effectiveness. Therefore, we aim...
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The development of executive functions (EF) has been widely investigated and is associated with various domains of expertise, such as academic achievement and sports performance. Multiple factors are assumed to influence the development of EF, among them biological maturation. Currently the effect of biological maturation on EF performance is large...
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The aim of this study was (1) to examine the long‐term effectiveness of the ‘Multimove for Kids’ program, a 30‐week fundamental motor skill intervention (approximately 1 hour per week) for typically developing children between 3 and 8 years, and (2) to determine the influence of participation in organized sports on motor competence (MC) six years a...
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Objective To identify the causal relation between growth velocity and injury in elite-level youth football players, and to assess the mediating effects of motor performance in this causal pathway. Design Prospective cohort study Methods We measured the body height of 378 male elite-level football players of the U13 to U15 age categories three to...
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This cross-sectional study aimed to examine the degree of whole-body morphological asymmetries in female tennis players. Data were collected in 19 high-level female tennis players (21.3 ± 3.4 years). Based on anthropometric measurements (upper arm, lower arm, wrist, upper leg and lower leg circumferences as well as elbow and knee widths) and dual x...
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Background: Equations predicting age at peak height velocity (APHV) are often used to assess somatic maturity and to adjust training load accordingly. However, information on the intra-individual accuracy of APHV in youth athletes is not available. Aim: The purpose of this study is to assess the accuracy of predication equations for the estimation...
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Background: Equations predicting age at peak height velocity (APHV) are often used to assess somatic maturity and to adjust training load accordingly. However, information on the intra-individual accuracy of APHV in youth athletes is not available. Aim: The purpose of this study is to assess the accuracy of predication equations for the estimati...
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Youth academies of professional football clubs recruit talented players from the age of 8 years onwards. The development programmes in youth academies expose young players to high training loads and frequencies that might lead to an increased risk of injury. Since the occurrence of an injury increases the risk of subsequent injuries and could have...
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Purpose: To assess injury risk in elite-level youth football players based on anthropometric, motor coordination and physical performance measures with a machine learning approach. Methods: A total of 734 players in the U10 to U15 age categories (mean age: 11.7 +/- 1.7 years) from seven Belgian youth academies were prospectively followed during...
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Objective: To assess the effectiveness of the 11+ Kids warm-up programme regarding injury reduction in male high-level children’s football players. Design: Cluster-randomised controlled trial Method: Male youth football teams of Iran’s high-level football schools were invited to participate. Inclusion criteria were: teams are competing in the hig...
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Objectives: This study investigated anthropometric measures and growth as risk factors for overuse and acute injuries in younger (U10-U13) and older (U13-U15) elite level soccer players. Design: Prospective cohort study Methods: Height, weight, and sitting height were measured at the start and the end of the 2016-2017 competitive season and growth...
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Pre-exercise hypohydration can impair soccer performance and has been extensively studied in different soccer populations. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review was to report hypohydration prevalence, measured by blood or urine samples, in different soccer populations based on sex (males and females), performance level (professional and recr...
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Football is a contact sport with a significant risk of injury. Although proprioception is well studied in rehabilitation, little is known about the association between proprioception and the occurrence of sport injuries. The purpose of this study was to look into the association between ankle and knee proprioception and lower extremity injuries in...
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Over the last 20 years, the concept of innate talent has been discussed in the literature, and different factors have been associated with talent in different sports. However, it should be noted that talent identification is sport-, or even position-specific, and no 'one size fits all' consensus can be established. Specific talent profiles should b...
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Abstract Purpose: The “11+ Kids” injury prevention programme has shown to reduce injuries and related costs in youth football players under 14 years of age. A major argument to convince coaches to use this exercise-based injury prevention programme, is a potential performance enhancement of the players. Therefore, this study investigated the effec...
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The aim of this study was to examine the magnitude of upper extremity bone mineral content (BMC) asymmetries in tennis players. Furthermore, the influence of sex (male versus female versus mixed), chronological age (juniors: < 18 years; adults: 18–39 years and seniors: ≥ 40 years) and starting age (early starters: < 14 years and late starters: > 18...
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Objective To evaluate a potential reduction in injury related healthcare costs when using the ‘11+ Kids’ injury prevention programme compared with a usual warmup in children’s football. Methods This cost effectiveness analysis was based on data collected in a cluster randomised controlled trial over one season from football teams (under-9 to under...
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This study investigated differences in generic and soccer specific motor coordination, as well as speed and agility depending on age and maturity in elite youth soccer players (U10-U15, N = 619). Measurements included body height, body weight and sitting height to estimate age at peak height velocity (APHV); three Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder...
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Injuries—a major concern in a high-intensity contact sport like football—are associated with possible short- and long-term harmful consequences for the individual, the team and club as well as for the whole society. Consequently, there is need for effective injury prevention in football at all levels of play, in all age groups and in both genders....
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This study examined the long-term effects of the 11+ on physical performance in adolescent male football (soccer) players. Eighty-two 14- to 16-year-old male football players (11+ = 42 players, control = 40 players) participated. Teams were randomised to control (CON) and intervention (INT) groups. INT applied the 11+ injury prevention programme fo...
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Relevance: Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Exercise programmes, defined as structured physical activity, are primarily put forward to counter clear-cut negative health outcomes (balance, muscle mass, pain, etc.) in specific diseases. Both exercise and physical activity programmes aim to increase health but their...
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Background: Bone marrow lesions (BMLs) are considered as predictors of pain, disability, and structural progression of knee osteoarthritis. The relationship between knee loading and BMLs is not yet completely understood.
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Bone marrow lesions (BMLs) are considered as predictors of pain, disability, and structural progression of knee osteoarthritis. The relationship between knee loading and BMLs is not yet completely understood. To summarize the available evidence regarding the relationship between joint loading and the prevalence and progression of BMLs in the tibiof...

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- Provide an overview of injury incidence and patterns in elite youth soccer players; - Identify risk factors for injuries; - Develop a model to categorise players by potential injury risk.