Does Pes Planus Influence Balance Performance in Athletes?
1Department of Health Affairs, General Directory of Sports, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Eryaman, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Pes planus, athlete, balance
Objectives: Balance is one of the most important parameters in athletic performance. In this study, it has been targeted to investigate the effects of pes planus deformity on balance performance of the athletes.
Materials and Methods: This study included 36 athletes with a mean age of 17,08±2,79 years, height of 166,97 ± 11,84 cm, body weight of 62,38 ± 18,29 kg, sport age of 6 (4-8) years, and with 3rd degree bilateral pes planus deformity. A total of 36 athletes with a mean age of 17,63±3,03 years, height of 165,97±17,19 cm, body weight of 59,88±12,31 kg, sports age of 6 (4-7) year and with no foot deformity were included as a control group. The presence of pes planus was evaluated according to the Feiss line. Stability and balance measurements performed with HUBER 360 electronic device. The data obtained were compared by using independent samples t- test.
Results: It was determined that the dominant side oscillation lengths of the study group were significantly higher than the control group (p <0.05). There was no significant difference between the dominant and non-dominant side oscillation length and oscillation area of the athletes in both groups (p> 0.05).
Conclusion: Balance on one foot of the athletes with bilateral pes planus are adversely affected on the dominant side. For this reason, pes planus deformity should be taken into consideration in the selection of athletes and sports rehabilitation processes, where balance performance is especially important on the dominant leg.