Effects of Fatigue on the BTrackS Balance Test for Concussion Management

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Scott E. Benedict San Diego State University

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Jeffrey W. Hinshaw San Diego State University

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Ryan Byron-Fields San Diego State University

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Harsimran S. Baweja San Diego State University

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Daniel J. Goble San Diego State University

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Fatigue has been shown to adversely affect balance results, as measured by the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS). The present study aimed to determine whether a new low-cost force plate for concussion balance assessment, the Balance Tracking System (BTrackS), is subject to similar fatigue effects. Significant fatigue effects were only evident immediately following a fatigue protocol (p > .05), and were fully resolved within 5 min postfatigue. These results suggest that the BTrackS Balance Test (BBT) is more fatigue resistant than the BESS, and support use of the BBT as a potentially more reliable alternative to the BESS during immediate sideline balance testing.

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