Validity and Reliability of the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure Turkish Version for Athletes

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training

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Serkan UsguHasan Kalyoncu University

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Günseli UsguHasan Kalyoncu University

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Fatma UygurInternational Cyprus University

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Yavuz YakutHasan Kalyoncu University

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The clinical assessment of sport-related lower extremity injuries plays important role in diagnosis and therapeutic strategies as well as return to activity. The Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) is a valid and reliable self-reported outcome instrument used to detect foot and ankle disorders. The purpose of this study is to translate, cross-culturally adapt and validate the FAAM questionnaire for use in Turkish-speaking athletes who have foot and ankle disorders. Fifty-one basketball, soccer and volleyball athletes volunteered to participate. Test–retest reliability analyses revealed good and excellent reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) = 0.83–0.92). Concurrent validity was tested between the FAAM-T subscores and both the visual analog scale for pain/activity limitations and functional performance tests, yielding moderate to high correlations (r = −0.522 to −0.869, p < .05). The results of this study showed that the FAAM-T is a reliable and valid questionnaire for self-reported assessment of pain and disability in athletes suffering from foot and ankle disorders.

S. Usgu, G. Usgu, and Yakut are with the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey. Uygur is with the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, International Cyprus University, Lefkoşa, Cyprus.

S. Usgu (serkan.usgu@hku.edu.tr and serkanusgu@yahoo.com) is corresponding author.

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