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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/107257
Title:
Measurement of the extreme ankle range of motion required by female ballet dancers
Authors:
Russell, Jeffrey A.; Kruse, D. W.; Nevill, Alan M.; Koutedakis, Yiannis; Wyon, Matthew A.
Abstract:
Female ballet dancers require extreme ankle motion, especially plantar flexion, but research about measuring such motion is lacking. The purposes of this study were to determine in a sample of ballet dancers whether non–weight-bearing ankle range of motion is significantly different from the weight-bearing equivalent and whether inclinometric plantar flexion measurement is a suitable substitute for standard plantar flexion goniometry. Fifteen female ballet dancers (5 university, 5 vocational, and 5 professional dancers; age 21 ± 3.0 years) volunteered. Subjects received 5 assessments on 1 ankle: non–weightbearing goniometry dorsiflexion (NDF) and plantar flexion (NPF), weightbearing goniometry in the ballet positions demi-plié (WDF) and en pointe (WPF), and non–weight-bearing plantar flexion inclinometry (IPF). Mean NDF was significantly lower than WDF (17° ± 1.3° vs 30° ± 1.8°, P < .001). NPF (77° ± 2.5°) was significantly lower than both WPF (83° ± 2.2°, P = .01) and IPF (89° ± 1.6°, P < .001), and WPF was significantly lower than IPF (P = .013). Dorsiflexion tended to decrease and plantar flexion tended to increase with increasing ballet proficiency. The authors conclude that assessment of extreme ankle motion in female ballet dancers is challenging, and goniometry and inclinometry appear to measure plantar flexion differently.
Citation:
Foot & Ankle Specialist, OnlineFirst, published on June 25, 2010
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Foot & Ankle Specialist
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/107257
DOI:
10.1177/1938640010374981
Additional Links:
http://fas.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1938640010374981
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
epub ahead of print
ISSN:
1938-6400; 1938-7636
Appears in Collections:
Sport, Exercise and Health Research Group

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Jeffrey A.en
dc.contributor.authorKruse, D. W.en
dc.contributor.authorNevill, Alan M.en
dc.contributor.authorKoutedakis, Yiannisen
dc.contributor.authorWyon, Matthew A.en
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-06T09:27:57Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-06T09:27:57Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationFoot & Ankle Specialist, OnlineFirst, published on June 25, 2010en
dc.identifier.issn1938-6400-
dc.identifier.issn1938-7636-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1938640010374981-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/107257-
dc.descriptionepub ahead of printen
dc.description.abstractFemale ballet dancers require extreme ankle motion, especially plantar flexion, but research about measuring such motion is lacking. The purposes of this study were to determine in a sample of ballet dancers whether non–weight-bearing ankle range of motion is significantly different from the weight-bearing equivalent and whether inclinometric plantar flexion measurement is a suitable substitute for standard plantar flexion goniometry. Fifteen female ballet dancers (5 university, 5 vocational, and 5 professional dancers; age 21 ± 3.0 years) volunteered. Subjects received 5 assessments on 1 ankle: non–weightbearing goniometry dorsiflexion (NDF) and plantar flexion (NPF), weightbearing goniometry in the ballet positions demi-plié (WDF) and en pointe (WPF), and non–weight-bearing plantar flexion inclinometry (IPF). Mean NDF was significantly lower than WDF (17° ± 1.3° vs 30° ± 1.8°, P < .001). NPF (77° ± 2.5°) was significantly lower than both WPF (83° ± 2.2°, P = .01) and IPF (89° ± 1.6°, P < .001), and WPF was significantly lower than IPF (P = .013). Dorsiflexion tended to decrease and plantar flexion tended to increase with increasing ballet proficiency. The authors conclude that assessment of extreme ankle motion in female ballet dancers is challenging, and goniometry and inclinometry appear to measure plantar flexion differently.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://fas.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1938640010374981en
dc.subjectAnkleen
dc.subjectGoniometryen
dc.subjectInclinometryen
dc.subjectDanceen
dc.subjectBalleten
dc.titleMeasurement of the extreme ankle range of motion required by female ballet dancersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalFoot & Ankle Specialisten
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