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Title: Influence of sport type on metatarsophalangeal and ankle joint stiffness and hopping performance
Authors: Liu, Y
Lam, WK
Man, HS 
Leung, AKL 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Journal of healthcare engineering, 14 Mar. 2020, v. 2020, 9025015, p. 1-7
Abstract: While individual ankle and metatarsophalangeal joint stiffness is related to training intensity and sport performances, sport athletes may develop specific passive joint stiffness among the spectrum from endurance to powerful types of sports. The objective of this study examined whether marathon runners, basketball players, and other sports athletes would demonstrate distinct passive ankle and metatarsophalangeal joint stiffness as well as vertical stiffness. Fifteen marathon runners, nineteen basketball players, and seventeen other sports athletes performed both joint stiffness measurement and single-leg hopping tests. We used a computerized dynamometer to control foot alignment and speed for passive ankle and metatarsophalangeal joint stiffness measurements. We calculated vertical stiffness by body deceleration and body mass displacement during hopping on the force platform. One-way ANOVA was performed to identify the group differences. Bivariate correlation test was also performed among ankle, metatarsophalangeal, and vertical stiffness. The basketball group displayed 13% higher ankle passive stiffness than the other sports players group (P=0.03). Metatarsophalangeal joint passive stiffness in sitting and standing positions was 23% higher in the basketball group than the runner and other sports athlete groups (P<0.01). However, there was no significant group differences in metatarsophalangeal joint passive stiffness and vertical stiffness. Significant correlations among all stiffness variables were determined (P<0.05). These findings indicate that ankle and metatarsophalangeal joint passive stiffness, rather than vertical leg stiffness, would be in relation to types of sports participation. Ankle and toe strengthening exercises could improve basketball players' performance and prevent injury.
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal: Journal of healthcare engineering 
ISSN: 2040-2295
EISSN: 2040-2309
DOI: 10.1155/2020/9025015
Rights: Copyright © 2020 Yu Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following publication Liu, Y., Lam, W. K., Man, H. S., & Leung, A. K. L. (2020). Influence of Sport Type on Metatarsophalangeal and Ankle Joint Stiffness and Hopping Performance. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2020, 9025015, 1-7 is available at
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