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Medial compressible forefoot sole elements reduce ankle inversion in lateral SSC jumps.

Abstract : Sideward movements are associated with high incidences of lateral ankle sprains. Special shoe constructions might be able to reduce these injuries during lateral movements. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether medial compressible forefoot sole elements can reduce ankle inversion in a reactive lateral movement, and to evaluate those elements' influence on neuromuscular and mechanical adjustments in lower extremities. Foot placement and frontal plane ankle joint kinematics and kinetics were analyzed by 3-dimensional motion analysis. Electromyographic data of triceps surae, peroneus longus, and tibialis anterior were collected. This modified shoe reduced ankle inversion in comparison with a shoe with a standard sole construction. No differences in ankle inversion moments were found. With the modified shoe, foot placement occurred more internally rotated, and muscle activity of the lateral shank muscles was reduced. Hence, lateral ankle joint stability during reactive sideward movements can be improved by these compressible elements, and therefore lower lateral shank muscle activity is required. As those elements limit inversion, the strategy to control inversion angles via a high external foot rotation does not need to be used.
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  • HAL Id : hal-01709552, version 1
  • PUBMED : 22923308



Jana Fleischmann, Guillaume Mornieux, Dominic Gehring, Albert Gollhofer. Medial compressible forefoot sole elements reduce ankle inversion in lateral SSC jumps.. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2013, pp.346-53. ⟨hal-01709552⟩



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