Faculty Advisor

Warren, Barbara

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2011

Abstract

Conflicting results have been found between dynamic balance and isokinetic ankle strength. PURPOSE: To investigate the relationships between ankle strength and dynamic balance. METHOD: 15 healthy female Division III varsity athletes (INSERT DEMOGRAPHIC DATA) were tested on a Cybex NORM isokinetic dynamometer performing maximal ankle plantar and dorsiflexion. Dynamic balance was assessed using the SEBT. Isokinetic strength was assessed through 8 maximal contractions of plantar and dorsiflexion at 60, 120, and 180º/s with a 60 second rest period between each velocity set. Pearson’s correlations were used to assess the relationship between the dynamic balance score and peak torque at each velocity for each muscle group (alpha < 0.5). RESULTS: Moderate correlations were found between ankle dorsiflexors and dynamic balance in this population of female collegiate athletes, while weak correlations were found between ankle plantarflexors and dynamic balance. CONCLUSION: In this population of female athletes, these results suggest that dynamic balance may be related to dorsiflexion strength but not plantarflexion strength.

Collins Memorial Library Research Practices Award, 2011

Publisher

University of Puget Sound

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