New research to reduce ankle injuries


Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have investigated the effect of ‘vibration training’ on reducing ankle injuries. This involved a sample of the University’s student athletes completing a series of exercises on a vibration platform and analysing any improvements.

Ross Cloak will present his research at the Fourth International Ankle Symposium at the University of Sydney in Australia, from July 16 to 18 2009.

Recurrent ankle injuries leading to instability is a major problem for athletes and one that causes disruption to training and playing schedules. The research has shown a positive relationship between the vibration training and improved ankle stability.

Ross, who is a Sports Studies Technician and part-time MPhil student from the University’s Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance, has undertaken the project with Reader in Performance Science, Dr Matthew Wyon. 

Ross, who is based at the Walsall Campus, said: “The research was a preliminary study to look at the effect of vibration training on ankle instability, and initial results show a positive relationship between training and improvement in postural stability. 

“My research is now geared to further investigating these results and whether vibration training is a viable option for those athletes suffering functional ankle instability.

“Previous research has shown that certain groups with a history of ankle injuries have a much greater risk of recurring episodes of injury. My work presents a contemporary dimension on a long standing problem for athletes and their support teams.”

The conference is held once every three years and is an opportunity for researchers and clinicians in the field to meet, present and discuss themes surrounding ankle instability, pathophysiology and rehabilitation, as well as hear from guest speakers in orthopaedic surgery and strength and conditioning.

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