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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Kenneth W Bush, PhD, PT
John M Medeiros, PhD, PT
Clinicians often choose either open chain or closed chain exercises for . . their patients following ankle injury. The. purpose of thi1? study was to determine whether there was a significant difference in the strengthening efficacy between. closed chain (BAPS™ board) and open chain (therapeutic tubing) kinematic exercises for the ankle peroneal muscles. Thirty six subjects were randomly selected int~ one of two ankle strengthening. groups; the first group participated in exercises using rubber tubing, and the second group participated in exercises using a BAPS™ board. Each group was then given a six week training period with a specific training protocol. The strength of each subject's peroneal musculature was measured before and after the training period. There was a significant difference (p < 0.05) in the pre- and post-test scores of both groups indicating that at the end of the six week training period, there was an 'increase in peroneal strength. However, there , was not a significant difference (p < 0.05) in strength gained between the BAPS™ group and tubing group. These findings suggest that both programs are effective means of strengthening the peroneal musculature.
Acoba, Eric M. and Nelson, Kristin C., "Comparative analysis of two peroneal strengthening programs" (1994). School of Physical Therapy. 275.