Young adult's performance of unipedal dynamic balance with various footwear conditions
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Hartman, Alcie, Martin, Dave, Milford, Jeremy, Simmonds, Jacob and Truong, Chris. 2017. Young adult's performance of unipedal dynamic balance with various footwear conditions--In Proceedings: 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.43
The study investigated how going barefoot, wearing Vibram Five Finger shoes (VFF), and wearing athletic shoes affect dynamic balance. A modified Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) was used to measure distance reached in three directions rather than all eight of the SEBT. A timed test measured time to complete the test while tracking errors. A convenience sample participated (n=30; aged 18-30 years) who all met inclusion criteria. The order of footwear conditions was randomly selected for each subject. Protocol and order of tests were kept constant. The left leg was used as the stance leg; the right leg was the reach leg. The right leg length was measured to standardize the measurement of reach distance across participants (reach/leg length). Subjects reached significantly farther in athletic shoes only for anterior reach versus barefoot and VFFs. Wearing VFFs closely mimics going barefoot for single leg stance dynamic balance activities.
Presented to the 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 28, 2017.
Research completed in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions