Normalizing considerations for time to stabilization assessment

Phillip A. Gribble, Jessica Mitterholzer, Alyse N. Myers

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Abstract

Objectives: Because of the growing use of time to stabilization (TTS) and similar measures with single-limb landings in lower extremity research, it is important to determine if the task performance needs to be normalized further. The purpose of this study was to compare TTS of healthy participants using a standardized versus a normalized horizontal jumping distance. Design: Crossover study. Methods: Twenty-one healthy participants performed single landings using two horizontal jumping distances: standardized (70. cm) and normalized (leg length). Resultant vector TTS (RVTTS) was calculated to represent the dynamic stability performance. Results: For RVTTS, the participants took significantly longer to stabilize when using the normalized jumping distance (1.997 ± 0.181. s) compared with the standardized jumping distance (1.921 ± 0.126. s) (t=5.134; p<0.001; power = 0.65). RVTTS during the normalized jumping distance was more strongly correlated with leg length (r=0.628; p=0.002) than during the standardized jumping distance (r=0.563; p=0.008). Conclusions: Normalizing the horizontal jumping distance during the single-limb jumping task creates a performance decrement in RVTTS among healthy participants. Because dynamic stability measured with RVTTS when jumping a normalized distance is more strongly correlated with leg length than when jumping a standardized jumping distance, researchers using this task and analysis may want to consider using this additional normalizing step in future investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Dynamic stability
  • Jump-landing
  • Lower extremity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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