The aim of this study was to compare the range of active inversion of left and right ankle, measured in weight-bearing before and after exercise in elite netballers. A sample of 13 female active players in the elite netball league in South Australia, with no history of lower extremity injury or surgery was used. Ten female volunteers were used for the reliability trial without the exercise programme. After an initial 10 minute warm-up on a stationary bicycle, the FootTrak™, a commercially available motion analysis system, was used to measure the angle of calcaneal inversion in the frontal plane both prior to and following a functional exercise protocol. The ANOVA results indicated no significant differences in the range of inversion between the two legs both before and after exercise (P > 0.05). We conclude that there is no effect of leg dominance on the range of ankle inversion; neither is there any additional effect of a functional exercise on ankle inversion measured in weight-bearing after ten minutes of warm up.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This manuscript is submitted as part of the Master of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia, South Australia. The work was supported by a grant from the Physical Therapy Department at the Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine