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The Relationship Between Ankle Joint Range of Motion and Position Sense in 18-50 Years Old Healthy Subjects in Zahedan

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Author(s): Mohammad Hosseinefar | Esmail Ebrahimi | Mahyar Salavati

Journal: Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 1682-4474

Volume: 6;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 670;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Proprioception | position sense | ankle joint | mobility

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between ankle joint mobility and position sense in healthy subjects of Zahedan city. This analytical study was performed in Zahedan city in 2003. Forty nine healthy subjects (25 men and 24 women) aging 33.14±9.4 year`s participated through simple non-probability sampling. Active position sense of ankle joint plantar flexion was measured by electrogoniometer in two joint angles; 5 and 25 degrees. The ankle joint mobility (range of motion) was measured by goniometer. Pearson Correlations test were used to investigate the relationship between variables. There was no significant correlation between ankle joint mobility and angle matching error for 5 (p = 0/17) and 25 degrees (p = 0/48) angles. The results showed that there were no relationship between joint mobility and position sense in healthy men and women. Since muscle mechanoreceptors are one of the important factors of proprioception, any impairment in proprioceptive sense could be compensated by increase of muscle receptors activities.

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