Deviations in foot posture, such as pes cavus or pes planus, may be a risk factor for lower limb injury due to compensatory motion of the lower extremity. Due to these compensatory motions dynamic balance has been reported to decline; with decreased dynamic balance risk of injury is increased. Assessing athletes to determine if they present characteristics related to higher risk of injury could potentially reduce the amount of athletes enduring injuries. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to investigate if history of lower limb injury in the athletic population has a stronger association with foot posture or dynamic balance. A secondary purpose was to determine if foot posture relates to dynamic balance performance. Sixty collegiate athletes participated. Data analyses concluded female athletes had increased injury frequency and severity with severely pronated foot posture while male athletes had increased injury frequency and severity with moderately pronated foot posture.
|Commitee:||Crussemeyer, Jill, Freesemann, Keith, Young, Douglas|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Kinesiology, Biomechanics|
|Keywords:||Athletes, Balance, Foot posture, Injury|
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