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Changes in Unstable Ankles After Balance Training

This study has been completed.
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University of North Carolina, Charlotte Identifier:
First received: February 6, 2007
Last updated: July 21, 2009
Last verified: July 2009

February 6, 2007
July 21, 2009
September 2006
September 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
postural control [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  • Hoffmann-reflex
  • postural control
  • star excursion balance test
  • joint position sense
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00432705 on Archive Site
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Changes in Unstable Ankles After Balance Training
Modulation of Sensorimotor Measures in Chronically Unstable Ankles
This study is evaluating reflex board training to see if it will help people who frequently roll their ankles. We are investigating several tests that evaluate the ability of the neuromuscular system to control ankle movement. This study is in 2 parts:Part 1 looks at changes after 1 day of reflex training; Part 2 looks at changes after 6 weeks of reflex training. It is thought that the reflex training will improve measures of static and dynamic balance as well as spinal reflex measures.
Research has utilized multiple measures in an effort to detect chronic ankle instability (CAI). Recently, investigations have focused on assessment of sensorimotor function in those who suffer from CAI. These measures have included traditional and functional postural control variables, as well as measures of joint position sense, neuromuscular control and recruitment, and nerve conduction velocity. This study seeks to modulate sensorimotor measures through both short- and long-term reflex training. This information may help to better assess sensorimotor deficits associated with CAI, to focus future research, evaluate rehabilitation protocols and to improve our understanding of this chronic disability.
Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Ankle Injury
Procedure: Checking stability of ankle
Flexing and walking
Other Name: Flexibility study
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September 2007
September 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • chronically unstable ankles with a history of at least 2 ankle sprains in the past year, M/F 18-30, healthy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • ankle sprain within past 6 months, any chronic lower extremity injury or condition, neurological condition, balance-inner ear or vestibular condition, any other condition that would interfere with testing
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
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United States
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JoEllen Sefton, UNCCharlotte
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
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Principal Investigator: JoEllen M. Sefton, MS, ATC, CMT UNC Charlotte
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
July 2009

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