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The lateral hop test as a predictor of days lost to injury after lateral ankle sprains [electronic resource] /

by Sandler, Eric Mathew.

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Summary: Purpose. To establish the utility of the lateral hop test as a predictor of days lost to injury following a lateral ankle sprain. Subjects. Male and female intercollegiate athletes with lateral ankle sprains were asked to participate. Eligibility was verified by a certified athletic trainer at the host site. Methods. Each day after the initial day of injury and until the athlete returned to unrestricted activity, an attempt was made to collect forward hop test and lateral hop test data. The hop tests measured distances hopped on each limb, with involved-side data expressed as a percentage of uninvolved-side distances. This fraction is referred to as the hop test index. Data analysis. Lateral hop test indices were plotted against percentage of days lost to injury. A similar plot was made using data on the forward hop test. Conclusion. Neither the forward hop test nor the lateral hop test is a good predictor of days lost to injury. This thesis study shows that there may be a future for the lateral hop test as a predictor of days lost, but not in its current format. Several adjustments need to be made prior to revisiting this topic and include a standardization of a safer "landing" zone for the hop tests and repetitive measures on the uninvolved limb to ensure valid hop indices. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
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School:State University of New York at Buffalo

School Location:USA - New York

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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