Yoga as a balance intervention for middle-age and older adults with history of lateral ankle sprain: An exploratory study

Phillip A. Gribble, Katherine A. Bain, Carrie D. Davidson, Matthew C. Hoch, Kyle B. Kosik

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Introduction: Balance deficiencies are common among aging adults. Musculoskeletal injuries such as lateral ankle sprains (LAS) also contribute to compromised balance; potentially amplifying the postural insufficiencies in these age groups with a history of LAS. Yoga has emerged as an effective balance training intervention for aging adults; but limited application exists in these age cohorts with LAS history. This study may provide important guidance for the implementation of this intervention in these populations. Methods: In this cohort design study, middle-age and older adults with a history of LAS completed an 8-week beginner-level yoga class. Balance was measured before and after the yoga intervention statically (force plate) and dynamically (star excursion balance test [SEBT]) using single-limb balance tasks. Results: Following the yoga intervention, older adults improved static postural control in the anterior-posterior direction, as well as dynamic postural control in selected reach directions of the SEBT relative to the middle-age adults. Conclusion: This is an important step in exploring how to help the aging population that likely has amplifications in balance deficiencies due to a common musculoskeletal injury, LAS. While more work is needed to determine how to optimize and document balance improvements in aging adults with LAS history, yoga appears to be a promising form of intervention, particularly for older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-195
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Fall-risk
  • Postural control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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