Reliability of Single-leg and Double-leg Balance Tests in Subjects with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Controls
DOI: 10.1080/15438627.2015.1005292
Title: Reliability of Single-leg and Double-leg Balance Tests in Subjects with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Controls
Journal Title: Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal
Volume: pages 1-16
Issue: pages 1-16
Publication Date: pages 1-16
Start Page: pages1-16
End Page: pages1-16
ISSN: 1543-8627
Affiliations:
a Laboratory of Neuromechanics, Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Serres, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess the test–retest reliability of postural balance in patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL) and controls. Ten healthy subjects and 15 individuals with ACL reconstruction performed single-leg and double-leg balance tests. The center of pressure (COP) was recorded using a pressure platform. For the total COP path, the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) ranged from 0.79 to 0.91. For the COP standard deviation, the ICCs ranged from 0.68 to 0.94. For the COP velocity, the ICCs ranged from 0.72 to 0.91. The sway area and ellipse scores displayed ICCs values of 0.67 to 0.95 and 0.53 to 0.92, respectively. The ICCs were higher for double leg tests compared with single-stance ones. These results indicate that 30 s balance tests in double and single-leg stance are reliable tools to assess static balance. The use of such tests to monitor rehabilitation programs following ACL reconstruction is recommended.
Accepted: 9 Jul 2014

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