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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-21

Does balance training balance the functional aspects of ankle instability?

1 Department of Physiotherapy, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Anand, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Zafar Azeem
Department of Physiotherapy, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Petlad, Anand - 388 421, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-6308.197463

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Background and Purpose: Ankle sprains are the reigning top most priority in the management and prevention of sports injuries. However, the repetitive nature of the injury makes it difficult to prevent as the functional deficits disturb the kinesthetic sense and thereby functional movement performance indicators of sportsmen. Balance training is considered as the mainstay of preventive strategy for ankle sprains though limited evidence seems to suggest the actual mode of training. This study was aimed to study the efficacy of wobble board training and a new functional balance training program on athletes with recurrent ankle sprains and reported functional deficits in the injured or affected leg. Materials and Methods : The training was carried out for 30 recreational athletes with a history of "giving away" and atleast 1 ankle sprain during the past 6months. Static and dynamic postural control were assessed using measures of balance in static and dynamic mode. Results: The results of the study showed that both training programs showed equal benefits in improving the static and dynamic postural control though functional training had more impact due to its functional nature of movements. Conclusion: The findings from our study pointed toward the greater need to involve function oriented movement approach to prevent sporting injuries as frequent and common as ankle sprains.

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