ASK OUR EXPERTS

Choose Topic
Using 0 of 1024 Possible characters
Home »  News »  Ankle sprains can be predicted by a simple test

Ankle sprains can be predicted by a simple test

A simple test like standing on one leg with eyes closed can help identify whether an athlete is at risk of spraining his ankle or not.

Ankle sprains can be predicted by a simple test

A simple test like standing on one leg with eyes closed can help identify whether an athlete is at risk of spraining his ankle or not. Ankle sprains are a common and potentially disabling injury. Researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Hartford and Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis found that one in five athletic injuries are due to ankle sprains. The disability from the injury can persist for up to six months. Ankle sprains also reduce a person's stability, boosting the risk of a repeat injury. A test known as stabilometry can identify whether a person is at increased risk of ankle sprain or not, but it requires special equipment that is too costly for most high schools. The single leg balance test, in which a person stands on one foot with the other leg bent and then closes his eyes for ten seconds, could provide a more readily available alternative. If a person can't keep his or her balance for the full ten seconds or reports feeling a sense of imbalance during the test, he or she may be at increased risk of ankle sprain. The researchers investigated whether the single leg balance test could predict ankle sprain risk. They performed the test in 230 high school varsity and intercollegiate athletes. The study participants underwent the test before the beginning of the autumn sports season. During the season, 28 ankle sprains occurred. People with a positive standing leg balance test, which revealed balance problems were two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer ankle sprains. Those who had a positive test and did not tape their ankles were nearly nine times as likely to sprain their ankles. The researchers also found athletes who reported having sprained their ankles in the past two years were more likely to have a positive standing leg balance test, but were not more likely to sprain their ankles during the current season. The single leg balance test, along with a history of past injuries and a detailed physical exam, could help identify those individuals who would benefit from bracing/taping, muscle strengthening, and training.
British Journal of Sports Medicine,
July 2006
COMMENT

DoctorNDTV is the one stop site for all your health needs providing the most credible health information, health news and tips with expert advice on healthy living, diet plans, informative videos etc. You can get the most relevant and accurate info you need about health problems like diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, weight loss and many other lifestyle diseases. We have a panel of over 350 experts who help us develop content by giving their valuable inputs and bringing to us the latest in the world of healthcare.

Was this Article Helpful Yes or No

................... Advertisement ...................

................... Advertisement ...................

FAQ

ASK OUR EXPERTS

Using 0 of 1024 Possible characters
Choose Topic

................... Advertisement ...................

-------------------------------- Advertisement -----------------------------------