Predicting an Ankle Sprain in Athletes

Reference:Plisky PJ et al. Star Excursion Balance Test as a predictor of lower extremity injury in high school basketball players. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2006 Dec;36(12):911-9.

The purpose of this study was to determine if the Star Excursion balance Test (SEBT) reach distance was associated with risk of lower extremity injury among basketball players.

Prior to the basketball season, the anterior excursion distances of over 200 high school basketball players were measured bilaterally.

The study showed that players with an anterior excursion distance difference of greater than 4cm (left leg vs. right leg) were 2.5 times more likely to sustain a lower extremity injury (P<05).

Clinical Relevance: The Anterior Excursion test may be valuable in identifying athletes who are at increased risk for injury.

To view the instructional video on the Anterior Excursion test, visit . I believe that one day every rehab clinic will be routinely using STARmat outcome measures.

View the 4 minute STARmat video on the web site and see if you will be convinced or think I’m nuts!

Posted on: July 05, 2013

Categories: Foot & Ankle

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