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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.31 - 2012
ARTICLE – abstract

Effect of proprioceptive exercises on balance and center of pressure
in athletes with functional ankle instability

Singh Amrinder, Singh Deepinder, Sandhu Jaspal Singh
Faculty of Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India


The aim of the study was to analyze the effectiveness of proprioceptive exercises on joint position sense, balance and COP (centre of pressure) in athletes with functional ankle instability. Material and Method. 80 injured athletes (20 females, 60 males, age =18-25years) with a history of functional ankle instability volunteered to participate in this study. Athletes were randomly assigned to the experimental or control group. The experimental group participated in a 6-week proprioceptive-training protocol consisting of various proprioceptive exercises using rubber tube 3 times a week. The control group did not participate in the strength-training protocol. Wobble board balance test was performed to measure the balance and stability of athletes. Proprioception (Joint Position Sense) was measured using gravity inclinometer and center of pressure was analyzed by using force platform. Conclusion: The study concluded that six weeks of proprioceptive training had a significant effect on proprioception and balance measures in subjects with self reported unilateral functional instability.
Key words:

ankle instability, proprioception, balance, center of pressure, joint position sense

Full article:

Effect of proprioceptive exercises on balance and center of pressure in athletes with functional ankle instability

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