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Arch of the foot and postural balance in young judokas and peers

Jankowicz-Szymanska, Agnieszkaa; Mikolajczyk, Edytab; Wardzala, Roberta

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: September 2015 - Volume 24 - Issue 5 - p 456–460
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000202
LEG, FOOT & ANKLE
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Twenty-nine male judocas and nontraining peers participated in this study. The arch of the foot (as Clarke’s angular values) was measured under non-weight-bearing conditions in two-leg and one-leg stands. Postural balance was assessed by the Flamingo balance test. Judocas presented better static balance and higher arches of the foot. Significant differences in Clarke’s angular values in a sitting and standing on two-leg position were found in both groups. After transition to a one-leg stand, the height of the arches of the foot in nontraining participants was still significantly decreased. Weight bearing did not affect Clarke’s angular values in judokas. A correlation was found between the Flamingo test and Clarke’s angle. Better balance was observed in adolescents with higher arch of the foot.

aState Higher Vocational School in Tarnow, Institute of Health Science, Section of Physical Education, Tarnow

bUniversity of Physical Education, Department of Physiotherapy, Section of Kinesitherapy, Krakow, Poland

Correspondence to Agnieszka Jankowicz-Szymanska, PhD, State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow, Institute of Health Science, Section of Physical Education, ul. A. Mickiewicza 8, 33-100 Tarnow, Poland Tel: +48 14 63 16 570; fax: +48 14 63 16 600; e-mail: jankowiczszymanska@gmail.com

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