STARmat: Predicting Lower Extremity Injury

Reference:Plisky PJ, Rauh MJ, Kaminski TW, Underwood FB. 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 high school basketball players.

Prior to the basketball season, the anterior, postero-medial, and postero-lateral SEBT reach distances and limb lengths 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: SEBT reach can be applied on patients to identify basketball players who are at increased risk for injury.

Posted on: May 05, 2013

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