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Wearing shoes increasing dorsiflexion improves short-term but not long-term balance control in young healthy adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19682691     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Wearing sport shoes inducing ankle dorsiflexion has been shown to alter the biomechanical specificities of the stretched muscles. The possible effect over the short and long term upon the sensorial capacities induced by such stretching has not been addressed yet. Fourteen healthy individuals were involved to assess the proprioceptive repercussion and their effects upon postural control strategies. Postural control and proprioceptive assessment were measured twice: when receiving sport shoes inducing ankle dorsiflexion and 18 days later. Proprioceptive effects were assessed using an ad-hoc device through which the seated and blindfolded subjects were required to reposition their feet in a starting position after the ankles were passively displaced to dorsiflexed and plantarflexed positions. Center-of-gravity horizontal displacements (CG(v)), estimated from center-of-pressure (CP) displacements, and CP-CG(v) displacements were measured through a force platform during upright quiet stance maintenance. The initial session was recorded with the subjects barefoot and wearing the shoes with a set of chocks with 0 degrees (horizontal) and -5 degrees (dorsiflexion) tilting angles. The second session included only barefoot performance in horizontal and dorsiflexion conditions. Dorsiflexion had no immediate effect on the postural control strategies along the anteroposterior axis. In contrast, barefoot or wearing shoes, stability was increased along the mediolateral axis during the dorsiflexion conditions. No ankle proprioceptive or postural change was observed after wearing the shoes for 18 days. Wearing dorsiflexion sport shoes induces short-term effects probably by inducing a backward tilt of the pelvis. A muscular adaptation likely prevents this effect from being prolonged.
P R Rougier; F Lachaume; J Bourse; M Rogeon; A Monti; S C Regueme
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-08-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biomechanics     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1873-2380     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biomech     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-05     Completed Date:  2010-01-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0157375     Medline TA:  J Biomech     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2268-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratoire de Physiologie de l'Exercice, EA4338, Universit?? de Savoie, Domaine Scientifique de Savoie-Technolac, 73376 Le Bourget du Lac cedex, France.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
Ankle Joint / physiology*
Movement / physiology*
Postural Balance / physiology*
Posture / physiology*
Sports Equipment*
Time Factors
Young Adult

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