Performance in Static, Dynamic, and Clinical Tests of Postural Control in Individuals with Recurrent Ankle Sprains

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Objective:

To evaluate postural control in individuals with recurrent ankle sprains with static, dynamic, and clinical balance tests and to examine the relationships between performances in each of these tests.

Design:

Postural control was evaluated with 3 different balance tests in individuals with and without recurrent ankle sprains.

Participants:

19 volunteers with recurrent ankle sprains and 19 uninjured control subjects.

Interventions:

None.

Setting:

University sports-medicine research laboratory.

Main Outcome Measures:

Total excursion of the center of pressure (COP) was calculated for the static and dynamic balance tests. Total reach distance was measured for the Star Excursion Balance Test.

Results:

Subjects with recurrent ankle sprains demonstrated significantly greater excursion of the COP in both the static and dynamic balance tests. Correlations between performances in all tests were very low.

Conclusions:

Recurrent ankle sprains might be associated with reduced postural control as demonstrated by decreased performance in static and dynamic balance tests.

The authors are with the Exercise and Sport Science Dept, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.

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