March 09, 2016
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Low Star Excursion Balance Test scores linked with risk of ankle sprains in football players

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Recently published results that evaluated high school and collegiate football players during the preseason highlighted lower Star Excursion Balance Test scores for anterior reach as a predictor of lateral ankle sprains and noted players who had these injuries had a significantly higher BMI.

During the preseason, researchers prospectively evaluated 539 high school and National Collegiate Athletic Association football players with the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) and the Functional Movement Screen. Investigators compared test outcomes between players who had lateral ankle sprains and those who did not have these injuries. With logistic regression analyses and odds ratios, investigators determined which outcome measures predicted the risk of lateral ankle sprains.

Findings showed players with sprains compared with healthy players performed worse on the SEBT-anterior reaching direction. Investigators also noted players with sprains had a higher BMI compared with players who did not have injuries. by Monica Jaramillo

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