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Intratester and Intertester Reliability during the Star Excursion Balance Tests

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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0bjective:

To estimate intratester and intertester reliability and learning effects during the Star Excursion Balance Tests (SEBTs).

Setting:

A university athletic training research laboratory.

Subjects:

Sixteen healthy volunteers with no history of balance disorders or significant lower extremity joint pathology.

Measurements:

Length of excursion was measured manually for each trial.

Results:

ICCs for intratester reliability were .78–.96 on day 1 and 32–.96 on day 2. ICCs for intertester reliability were .35–.84 on day 1 and .81–.93 on day 2. Significant learning effects were identified for 4 of the 8 tests.

Conclusions:

Estimates of intratester and intertester reliability were high, but adequate practice trials should be performed before taking baseline measures.

The authors are with the Department of Kinesiology, Athletic Training Research Laboratory, at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. John Miller and Craig Denegar are also affiliated with the Penn State Center for Sports Medicine.

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