The effects of injury on a runners training regime are well documented. Possible causes are often linked to asymmetries of the muscles around the knees, hips, spine and shoulders. An area often overlooked by runners is the ankle. Keeping your ankle flexible, however, is key to avoiding injuries like Achilles tendinitis, Calf Strains and Plantar Fasciitis.
As part of our Running assessments, as well as screening the pelvis and spine for asymmetries, we also perform ankle mobility screen and dynamic balance tests such as the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT).
The Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) is a dynamic test that requires strength, flexibility, and proprioception. It is a measure of dynamic balance that provides a significant challenge to athletes and physically active individuals. The test can be used to assess physical performance, but can also be used to screen deficits in dynamic postural control due to musculoskeletal injuries (e.g. chronic ankle instability), to identify athletes at greater risk for lower extremity injury, as well as during the rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries in healthy active adults.
Following the analysis, incorporating the SEBT, a number of exercises can be prescribed to limit the onset on injury. Click here to book an appointment to have a Running Video Analysis