The Effect of Three Knee Brace Styles on Balance Ability

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Giuliamarta Bottoni University of Innsbruck

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Philipp Kofler University of Innsbruck

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Anne Theresa Herten University of Innsbruck

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Michael Hasler Centre of Technology of Ski and Alpine Sport

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Anton Giger Austrian Ski Federation

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Werner Nachbauer University of Innsbruck and Centre of Technology of Ski and Alpine Sport

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Knee braces might enhance balance ability by improving joint stabilization or proprioception. We tested the effects of three different knee braces on single-limb balance. There was a significant decrease in the anteroposterior balance ability when participants wore the brace that was described as the most cumbersome or uncomfortable (p = .04). For the other two braces, there was no difference in single-limb balance ability compared with the no brace condition. Comfort and weight of the knee brace might alter somatosensory inputs, which play an important role in balance ability.

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