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Effect of the aircast on unilateral postural control: amplitude and frequency variables.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8472079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little objective data exist regarding the effect of the Aircast Air-Stirrup on motor performance. Thus, the effect of the Aircast on the amplitude and frequency of postural sway during unilateral stance was evaluated for 15 uninjured male subjects. Postural sway during static and dynamic tests was measured using the Chattecx Balance System. Use of the Aircast improved unilateral postural control as evidenced by decreases in some of the components of postural sway. Previously, a link was made between a large amplitude of unilateral sway and a high probability of ankle injury (14). Thus, since Aircast use was found to decrease the amplitude of unilateral sway, it may also be beneficial in reducing the probability of injury. Although the scope of this study did not allow for differentiation among the complex systems involved in postural control, the possibility of the Aircast enhancing afferent feedback was proposed. The restricted inversion-eversion range of motion associated with the Aircast, in conjunction with the present observation that unilateral stability was enhanced with its use, suggests that the Aircast may provide a valuable prophylactic role in helping to reduce the incidence of ankle injuries.
J W Feuerbach; M D Grabiner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0190-6011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther     Publication Date:  1993 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-05-17     Completed Date:  1993-05-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7908150     Medline TA:  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biomedical Engineering (Wb-3), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195.
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MeSH Terms
Ankle Joint*
Equipment Design

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