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Changes in Unstable Ankles After Balance Training

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

Condition Intervention Phase
Ankle Injury Procedure: Checking stability of ankle Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Modulation of Sensorimotor Measures in Chronically Unstable Ankles

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Further study details as provided by University of North Carolina, Charlotte:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • postural control [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Primary Completion Date: September 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Checking stability of ankle
    Flexing and walking
    Other Name: Flexibility study
Detailed Description:
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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00432705

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Principal Investigator: JoEllen M. Sefton, MS, ATC, CMT UNC Charlotte
  More Information

Responsible Party: JoEllen Sefton, UNCCharlotte Identifier: NCT00432705     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-11-34-CAI-B
Study First Received: February 6, 2007
Last Updated: July 21, 2009

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ankle Injuries
Leg Injuries
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on September 19, 2017