Star Excursion Balance Test Anterior Asymmetry is Associated with Injury Status in Division I Collegiate Athletes
Stiffler MR, Bell DR, Sanfilippo JL, Hetzel SJ, Pickett KA, Heiderscheit BC. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017; 29:1-27.
Take Home Message: A clinician could use Star Excursion Balance Test anterior asymmetries to possibly differentiate collegiate athletes at greater risk for non-contact knee or ankle injury.
Clinicians use the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) to identify athletes at risk for lower extremity injury. However, athletes’ performance on SEBT has been inconsistent across populations. Factors such as sex and type of sport the athlete plays may contribute to this discrepancy. It is unclear if these factors affect the relationship between SEBT score and risk of injury. Therefore, the authors retrospectively evaluated whether preseason SEBT scores from 147 healthy athletes were related to who experienced a non-contact knee or ankle injury during a season, while controlling for sport, sex, and athletic exposure (starter vs. non starter).