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The effect of external ankle support on knee and ankle joint movement and loading in netball players.
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PMID:  23948246     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: External ankle support has been successfully used to prevent ankle sprains. However, some recent studies have indicated that reducing ankle range of motion can place larger loads on the knee. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of external ankle support (braces and high-top shoes) on the ankle and knee joint loading during a netball specific landing task.
DESIGN: A repeated measure design.
METHODS: High performance netball players with no previously diagnosed severe ankle or knee injury (n=11) were recruited from NSW Institute of Sport netball programme. The kinematic and kinetic data were collected simultaneously using a 3-D Motion Analysis System and one Kistler force plate to measure ground reaction forces. Players performed a single leg landing whilst receiving a pass while wearing a standard netball shoe, the same shoe with a lace-up brace and a high-top shoe.
RESULTS: Only the brace condition significantly reduced the ankle range of motion in the frontal plane (in/eversion) by 3.95±3.74 degrees compared to the standard condition. No changes were found for the knee joint loading in the brace condition. The high-top shoes acted to increase the peak knee internal rotation moment by 15%. Both the brace and high-top conditions brought about increases in the peak ankle plantar flexion moment during the landing phase.
CONCLUSIONS: Lace-up braces can be used by netball players to restrict ankle range of motion during a single leg landing while receiving a pass without increasing the load on the knee joint.
Benedicte Vanwanseele; Max Stuelcken; Andrew Greene; Richard Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-8-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-1861     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sci Med Sport     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-8-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9812598     Medline TA:  J Sci Med Sport     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Department of Kinesiology, KU Leuven, Belgium; Exercise, Health and Performance, Faculty of Health Science, University of Sydney, Australia; Health Innovation and Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. Electronic address:
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