Relationship Between Functional Ankle Instability and Postural Control Academic Article uri icon


  • STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study using a cross-sectional design. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between postural control and functional ankle instability during a hop-landing task, and to investigate whether postural control is altered in people with functional ankle instability. METHODS AND MEASURES: Sixty volunteers classified by the Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool (CAIT) scores formed the external control group (CAIT score, >or= 28, n = 31) and the instability group (CAIT score, .05) between the CAIT scores and the TTS for ankle inversion (r = -0.25), dorsiflexion (r = -0.04), summated EMG (r = -0.13) and proportion of movement in the frontal plane (r = 0.005). Participants in the instability group took longer to regain stability in inversion and displayed greater inversion variability prejump than the control group (P = .05 and .009, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Ankle inversion control is affected in people with functional ankle instability in tasks of postural control after landing from a hop.

publication date

  • December 2008