Int J Sports Med 1985; 06(3): 180-182
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1025836
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Stabilometry Recordings in Functional and Mechanical Instability of the Ankle Joint

H. Tropp, P. Odenrick, J. Gillquist
  • Departments of Clinical Neurophysiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Industrial Ergonomics, Linköping University, Sweden
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Publication Date:
14 March 2008 (online)


Functional instability, i.e. recurrent sprains or a feeling of giving way in the joint, is common after ankle sprain.

Using stabilometry, an objective and quantitative method for studying postural control, we earlier showed that soccer players with pathological stabilometric results are at risk for ankle joint injury. In the present study we found that the ability to maintain postural equilibrium as demonstrated by stabilometry was reduced among players with functional instability, but was not affected by mechanical instability. The results indicate that coordination and postural control are important for functional instability of the ankle.