Stretch for Stability - A Study on the Effects of Ankle-dorsiflexion on Balance and Gait
Megan Syho, Kai Leong
Killarney Secondary
Floor Location : 020401

The primary purpose of this investigation was to determine whether an improvement in ankle dorsiflexion through three static exercises lead to improved balance and knee kinematics for the elderly. 8 healthy subjects between the ages of 65–90 were gathered to complete a three week exercise program designed to increase ankle dorsiflexion. Upon completion, our results show that the improvement of Ankle Dorsiflexion Angle leads to an improvement in the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and Quadriceps Angle. This affirms the notion that ankle dorsiflexion plays an integral role in the balance of older persons and kinematics of the lower extremity.