Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examination of foot posture and dynamic balance with history of lower limb injury
by Benstead, Emily R., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 62; 10239628
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Freesemann, Keith
Commitee: Crussemeyer, Jill, Freesemann, Keith, Young, Douglas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health sciences, Kinesiology, Biomechanics
Keywords: Athletes, Balance, Foot posture, Injury
Publication Number: 10239628
ISBN: 978-1-369-36819-2
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