Using a single uniaxial gyroscope to detect lateral ankle sprain hazard
journal contributionposted on 04.09.2020, 10:22 by Daniel FongDaniel Fong, Yue-Yan Chan, Vikki Chu, Alan Lam, Patrick Yung
Lateral ankle sprain is very common in sports. Recently, there was a wearable assistive technology that stimulates the peroneal muscles to prevent this injury, but it requires a monitoring system to detect injury hazards and actuate the protection. This study presents the feasibility of a uniaxial gyroscope to monitor the peak ankle inversion velocity during common sporting motion and simulated ankle sprain motion. Ten males performed walking, running, 45-deg cutting, vertical jump-landing, stepping-down from a block, 5 kinds of simulated ankle sprain motion on sprain simulators, and a manual ankle-twisting motion in a biomechanics laboratory. The peak ankle inversion velocity was collected by an optical motion analysis system at 120 Hz. Besides, a uniaxial gyroscope was attached to the heel to collect the peak twisting velocity at 500 Hz. Pearson test showed a strong or high positive correlation between the two parameters. Independent t-test showed no difference between the two parameters in all testing motions except the manual ankle-twisting test which the value was 82% of that from the optical motion capture system and both values are above the threshold, 300 deg/s. We concluded the method is applicable to detect the hazard of lateral ankle sprain injury.
Innovation and Technology Fund, Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (ITS/013/07).
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences