Baiba Smila, Andra Fernāte, Madara Kirmuška, Velga Zaļaiskalna


The ankle joints are neutral at heel strike and then the plantar flexes to bring the forefoot to the ground. Based on Reid's (2009) gait analysis it is evident that foot pronation should be viewed as a whole body movement, since it affects muscles and structures located not only in the foot area. The aim of the research was to evaluate the effect of the ankle functional block correction and strengthening exercises on orienteer running technique. Methods: 36 orienteers (12 to 18 years old) were randomized in three groups to an intervention, movement video analysis (Cswing program), osteopathic testing and correction of the somatic dysfunction of the ankle, quasi-experiment, mathematical statistics were conducted. The results partly confirmed that by releasing the ankle joint functional block disposal and applying strengthening exercises orienteer running technique - foot touchdown parameters were improved.


ankle functional block correction; orienteer running technique; osteopathy; strengthening exercises

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