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Mary E. Naylor and William A. Romani

Context:

There is a growing need for objective measures of proprioception and balance in athletic females.

Objective:

To determine the intertester and intratester reliability of the Neurocom Balance Master (NBM) forward lunge (FL), step up and over (SUO), and step quick turn (SQT) tests on a young, healthy, female population.

Design:

Repeated measures design.

Setting:

University medical laboratory.

Participants:

15 young healthy female volunteers (height 155.1 cm ± 18.5 cm, mass 61.1 kg ± 7.3 kg, age 24.2 years ± 2.9 years).

Measurements:

The average of three trials on the FL, SUO, and SQT taken during each of three testing sessions on the NBM long force plate.

Results:

Inter and intratester reliability for the FL (ICC r = 0.71 to r = 0.93) and SQT (ICC r = 0.70 to r = 0.88) ranged from good to excellent while reliability for the SUO ranged from fair to excellent (ICC r = 0.59 to r = 0.92).

Conclusions:

The three NBM tests are reliable in healthy, young, physically active females.

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William Romani, David H. Perrin and Tim Whiteley

A case of tarsal tunnel syndrome in a male collegiate lacrosse player is presented. The subject reported symptoms consistent with tarsal tunnel syndrome following two incidents of medial ankle sprain in one lacrosse season. Conservative treatment was successful following the first ankle sprain but failed to relieve pain and paresthesia in his heel and medial arch following the second injury. Laboratory tests provided an inconclusive diagnosis, and the subject underwent a retinacular release 5 months after the second ankle sprain. Following a 13-week rehabilitation program, the subject returned to full participation in his sport.