DESIGN OF MACHINE TO EVALUATE ANKLE JOINT UNDER VARIABLE INVERSION-EVERSION TORQUES AND DEGREES OF PLANTAR FLEXION-DORSIFLEXION

  • Eugene W. Brown
  • Miguel Narvaez
  • Toru Tanaka
  • Kris Kotrla
  • Adam Breunger
Keywords: ankle, testing, inversion, eversion, machine, torque

Abstract

In sport, injury to the ankle is the most common joint trauma (Garrick & Requa, 1988). The purpose of this project was to design a machine that could be used to obtain valid, reliable, and objective measures of the position of the ankle when exposed to various inversioneversion torques. The establishment of these types of data sets on various populations will permit many sUbsequent comparisons (e.g., gender and age differences in ankle range of motion relative to the incidence of ankle injury, influence of ankle injury on the range of motion of the ankle joint).
Published
2008-03-25