The effect of eccentric loading as a pre-habiliatation method on ankle strength
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Context: Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. A lateral ankle sprain has been found to cause deficits in ankle strength, proprioception and range of motion. Aim: To determine if eccentric loading as an intervention strategy can increase ankle strength in healthy participants. Participants: 20 participants, age 18-23, all male, playing rugby at university standard. No history of ankle injuries within the past 12 months, and no lower limb injuries. Method: Participants performed 5 maximal repetitions through dorsi and plantar flexion movements with both right and left legs on an isokinetic dynamometer. Half the participants were randomly selected to undergo an intervention strategy of eccentric loading for two sessions a week over six weeks, and then all participants were tested again. Results: There was no significant difference [P<0.05] between the dominant leg of the intervention group and the non-intervention group. Conclusion: That eccentric loading as an intervention strategy alone, is not effective in increasing ankle strength. This suggests that proprioception and range of motion should be included into an effective rehabilitation programme.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT CONDITIONING, REHABILITATION AND MASSAGE
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