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Evaluation of Postural Control After Exercise in Athletes Using Tetra Axial Posturography (tetrax1)

This study has been completed.
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Meir Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2011
Last updated: November 10, 2013
Last verified: November 2013

Tetra-ataxiametric posturography is based on the measurement and computerized elaboration of electronic signals emitted by four footplates, one for each heel and toe, respectively. These are sensitive to vertical pressure produced by a subject standing straight but in various positions (feet parallel, in tandem, eyes closed, on pads, etc.). The method yields additional parameters not obtained by the traditional monoplate stabilometers, namely, weight-distribution patterns and correlation among six combinations of paired outputs from the two heels, two toes, heel/toe of each foot, and the two diagonals (tetra-ataxiametric synchronizations).

Most athletic injuries occur at the end of an activity, when the participant is fatigue. It is likely that significant portion of the injuries result from instability of the lower extremity joints as a consequence of fatigue of the stabilizing muscles. Muscle fatigue increase postural sway, impaired muscle control, and increase the onset delay of movement. Comparing pre-exercise with post-exercise results for each athlete, should detect significant and clinically meaningful differences with the Tetra-ataxiametric measures of stability, interaction between Fourier Spectral Power Ranges of body sway, weight distributions, and synchronizations of toe parts. The method is suitable for young subjects, and the equipment is portable and tests can be conveniently carried out in a child's familiar training setting and right before/after exercise.

The goal of the present study is to measure the balance of the athletes after different types of exercises, to measure the ability of the athletes to recover different types of exercises, and to measure the influence of increasing physical fitness on balance ability. Fifty basketball and football players between the ages of 12 and 18 years old will be examined following informed consent from the children and their legal guardian. Each participant would be measured three times during the year (pre-season, middle-season, and post-season), three times each (before-training, after aerobic warming-up, and after-training) on the Tetrax. Additionally, physical parameters (as height, and weight), anatomical parameters (as leg length), and joint range of movement, would be record.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Posturography measures [ Time Frame: Training season ]
    changes in posturography measures in athletes throughout a training season

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: October 2013
Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Young athletes


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Thirty basketball and football players between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 12-18 years
  • healthy athletes

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children with known disturbances in bone, muscle of nervous systems
  • children using medications that may cause problems in balance or coordination
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01433341

Prof. Dan Nemet
Kfar-Saba, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Meir Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Meir Medical Center Identifier: NCT01433341     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MeirMc06611TIL
Study First Received: September 12, 2011
Last Updated: November 10, 2013

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Normal young athletes processed this record on August 18, 2017