S105| Volume 24, SUPPLEMENT 1, S14-S15, November 2021

Physical performance and fitness gain during an Infantry Commanders Course are influenced by chronic ankle instability

      Introduction: Army training often incurs physical injury, with ankle injuries occurring in 10-20 % of soldiers during training. These patterns are reported with similar frequency and body-part distribution of injury in Israeli Defence Force (IDF) combat units. Research has shown that 32 % of individuals with ankle injuries develop chronic ankle instability (CAI). This study aimed to determine whether having chronic ankle instability (CAI) affects the physical performance of soldiers during their army training, as measured in routine army fitness tests, and in other neuromuscular tests. It was hypothesised that soldiers with CAI would not perform as well on all lower limb performance tests, and would improve less during the period of military training.
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