Journal Article Kinematic analysis during toe-gripping strength exertion: angular changes in the ankle joint and leg muscle activities

Soma, Masayuki  ,  Murata, Shin  ,  Kai, Yoshihiro  ,  Nakae, Hideyuki  ,  Satou, Yousuke  ,  Murata, Jun  ,  Miyazaki, Junya

27 ( 6 )  , pp.1957 - 1960 , 2015-06-30 , 理学療法科学学会
[Purposes] To investigate angular changes in the ankle joint and leg muscle activities during toe-gripping, and to examine the relationship between these changes and toe-gripping strength. [Subjects] Eleven healthy young women were selected. [Methods] We measured the toe-gripping strength, angular changes in the ankle joint, and leg muscle activities of all patients during toe-gripping. [Results] The mean change in the ankle angle in dorsiflexion from a neutral position was 3°, and a positive correlation was observed between this angle and toe-gripping strength (r = 0.61). Thus, toe-gripping strength increased with the angle of dorsiflexion. Regarding the leg muscle activities, activities of the tibialis anterior muscle and medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle demonstrated positive correlations with toe-gripping strength (r = 0.75 and r = 0.72, respectively). [Conclusion] These findings suggest that the ankle dorsiflexes in order to exert great toe-gripping strength, and the crural muscles contract simultaneously because of ankle fixation.

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