RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIP MUSCULATURE RANGE OF MOTION AND BESTEST SCORES
Matt D. Paxton, Adam J. Alfaro, Kady E. Dieringer Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas
Limited range of motion (ROM) is often considered detrimental to both athletic performance and everyday function similar to balance. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine a relationship between hip range of motion and BESTest scores. METHODS: 20 college age women (19.55 ± 3.45 years) with no prior lower extremity injuries or previous concussions volunteered for this study. Using standard goniometer measuring techniques, participants passive range of motion for flexion (FL), extension (EX), internal rotation (IR) and external rotation (ER) was established and compared to scores from the BESTest (Balance Evaluation Systems) to determine a correlation. Overall BESTest scores were compared to each aspect of hip musculature ROM. RESULTS: Although there was no significant correlation between any specific aspect of ROM and overall BESTest scores (P>0.05), both right and left internal rotation showed a statistically significant moderate correlation (R=0.52 (P<0.05) and, R=0.51 (P<0.05) respectively) to stability in gait. DISCUSSION: Despite no correlation between overall BESTest score and range of motion, internal rotation was shown to have a statistically significant moderate correlation to a single aspect of the BESTest, stability in gait. We determined that range of motion does not pose as a limiting factor to balance as measured by the BESTest.
Paxton, MD; Alfaro, AJ; and Dieringer, KE
"RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIP MUSCULATURE RANGE OF MOTION AND BESTEST SCORES,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 11
, Article 44.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol11/iss4/44
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