Within-session reliability for inter-limb asymmetries in ankle dorsiflexion range of motion during the weight-bearing lunge test

Howe, Louis P and Waldron, Mark and North, Jamie and Bampouras, Theo (2019) Within-session reliability for inter-limb asymmetries in ankle dorsiflexion range of motion during the weight-bearing lunge test. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. ISSN 2159-2896 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: The identification of asymmetrical inter-limb ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (DF ROM) has the potential to influence the course of treatment during the rehabilitation process, with limitations in ankle DF ROM potentially increasing injury risk. However, reliability for identifying ankle DF ROM asymmetries has not yet been established. Hypothesis/Purpose: i) To establish values of ankle DF ROM asymmetry; ii) to identify the influence of leg dominance on inter-limb asymmetries for ankle DF ROM; iii) to determine the reliability of the trigonometric measurement method during the weight-bearing lunge test (WBLT) for both a single limb and the asymmetry values. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: Ankle DF ROM was measured bilaterally in 50 healthy and recreationally active participants (28 men, 22 women, age = 22 ± 4 years, height = 172.8 ± 10.8 cm, body mass 71.5 ± 15.1 kg), using the trigonometric measurement method during the WBLT. Each ankle was measured twice in a single testing session to establish within-session reliability. Results: Values are presented for asymmetries in DF ROM. No differences were identified between the dominant and non-dominant limb (P = 0.862). Within-session reliability for measuring a single limb was classified as ‘good’ (ICC = 0.98) with a minimal detectable change value of 1.7°. For measuring ankle DF ROM asymmetry, reliability was established as ‘good’ (ICC = 0.85) and a minimal detectable change value of 2.1°. Conclusions: Although symmetry in ankle DF ROM may not be assumed, the magnitude of asymmetry may be less than previously reported in a population of recreationally active individuals. Discrepancies between previous research and the findings of the present study may have been caused by differences in measurement methods. Furthermore, clinicians should be aware that the error associated with measures 44 of asymmetry for ankle DF ROM during the WBLT is greater than that of a single limb.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 134860
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2019 09:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: In Press
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 04:34
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/134860

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