THE DIFFERENCE OF THE BALANCE ABILITIY BETWEEN THE FUNCTIONAL ANKLE INSTABILITY AND HEALTHY SUBJECTS

  • Y. Urabe
  • Y. Noda
  • S. Nomura
  • T. Akimoto
  • H. Shidahara
  • Y. Yamanaka
Keywords: ankle instability, center of pressure, EMG activity, brace

Abstract

Ankle inversion sprains are one of the most common injuries occurring in sports activities. Repeated ankle sprains may lead to chronic ankle instability. In order to prevent the occurrence of ankle instability, it is necessary to understand the difference in the physiological characteristics of the subjects who have chronic ankle instability and those who do not. However, there is little known about the differences between the two. It has been reported that there are two types of ankle instability: mechanical ankle instability (MAI) and functional ankle instability (FAI) which is the disability to which patients refer when they say that their foot tends to “giving way”. In this study, we have attempted to uncover the difference in the center of pressure (COP) and muscle activities during a single leg standing between FAI subjects and healthy subjects with or without an ankle brace.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities