INTRODUCTION: Gluteal muscle control plays a vital role in the entire lower extremity kinematics and their weakness is observed in individuals with an ankle sprain. However, the relationship between gluteal muscle strength and balance in individuals with chronic ankle instability is not known. METHODS: Thirty-two individuals with chronic ankle instability (CAI) participated in the study (mean age = 24±2 years, height = 154.1±6.3 cms). Maximal isometric strength (lbs) of gluteal medius and gluteus maximus was measured using hand-held dynamometer. Balance was measured using the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) and the reach distances were calculated normalizing to limb length. Pearson's Product-Moment Correlation was used to examine the relationship between gluteal muscle strength and balance. RESULTS: Mean composite SEBT test scores were (Mean/SD = 96.13/7.32) and were positively correlated with isometric gluteal muscle strength scores (G med Mean/SD = 25.6/8.4 lbs,Gmax Mean/SD = 31.4 /6.3 lbs). Therewas a good relationship between gluteus medius strength and balance scores and a weak relationship between gluteus maximus strength and SEBT scores in individuals with CAI. CONCLUSION: The present study found that there is moderate to a good relationship between isometric gluteal muscle strength and balance in participants with chronic ankle stability.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Occupational Therapy