Brigita Zachovajevienė, Pavelas Zachovajevas


Aims of study: To assess the ankle joint mobility impact for middle – aged and elder people balance performance. To assess ankle joint range of motion, static and dynamic balance of middle – aged and elder people before and after ankle joints mobilization and calf muscle stretching. 61 participants were included into the experiment. They were divided into two groups: middle – aged and elder. 30 participants were in middle – aged group (54,63±2,61 age mean) and 31 participants were in elder group (65,39±3,8 age mean). Experimental participants had to meet the inclusion criterions. Methods: Goniometry – to evaluate passive ankle joints range of motion. Balance platform ,“Simga balance pad“ and functional reach test to evaluate static balance. “Timed up and go“ test to evaluate dynamic balance. Results and conclusions: Statistically significant improvement of ankle joint mobility, static and dynamic balance was fixed in both groups(p<0,05). Statistically significant difference of ankle joint mobility and dynamic balance. It was determinate after ankle joints mobilization and calf muscle stretching between groups(p<0,05). Ankle joints mobilization and calf muscle stretching more influences mobility of ankle joint and dynamic balance to middle – aged people neither to elder people. There is no statistically significant changes of static balance in age (p>0,05).

Keyword(s): ankle mobility; joint mobilization; proprioreception; aging; balance and coordination.
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2015.103
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