INFLUENCE OF ANKLE PASSIVE RANGE OF MOTION ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STAR EXCURSION BALANCE TEST

  • Gabriel Gollner Zeitoune
  • SM Pinto
  • MG Zeitoune
  • LA Batista
Keywords: ankle passive range of motion, Star Excursion Balance Test dynamic postural control

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure the association between ankle passive range of motion (PROM) and the horizontal distance reached during the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT). Nineteen participants without any musculoskeletal and neurological injury performed the SEBT on eight directions proposed in the original protocol. The ankle PROM was measured with a manual goniometric device prior to the performance of the test. To determine the association between the distance reached during SEBT and the ankle PROM, we used the Pearson Correlation Coefficient Test (“r”). All directions of SEBT showed low correlation with the ankle PROM without significant differences for any variable. We concluded that the ankle PROM is not a confounding variable that should be monitored for use the SEBT for healthy individuals.