Ankle Proprioception And Sport-specific Performance In Professional Youth Table Tennis Players

Xuanlin Wang, Ziwei Cao, Yujie Tong, Bowen Liu, Xiaojian Shi, Gordon Waddington, Roger Adams, Jeremy Witchalls, Allan Fu, Jia Han

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PURPOSE: The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between ankle proprioception and sport-specific performance in professional youth table tennis players. METHODS: 14 players competed nationally and internationally (Level 1, age= 14.29±1.75 yrs, training years=7.36±1.84yrs) and the other 14 players competed regionally (Level 2, age=11.14±1.46 yrs, training year= 4.11±0.97yrs) were recruited. All players had no lower limb injuries in the past 3 months. The dominant ankle proprioception was tested by using the active movement discrimination extent apparatus (AMEDA) under three randomized conditions: 1) single AMEDA (Single-A); 2) dual task AMEDA tested while performing forehand attack (Dual-FA), and 3) performing forehand loop (Dual-FL) to hit the topspin into a designated corner on the table, with their hitting rates (HR) recorded. The mean Area Under the ROC Curve (AUC) was calculated for ankle proprioceptive discrimination sensitivity score. 2-way repeated measures ANOVA was performed to determine the differences among the 3 AMEDA tests for players between 2 levels, and Pearson’s correlation evaluated among the measures. RESULTS: Repeated measures ANOVA showed significant main effects for task load AMEDA tests (F=46.30, p<0.01) and competition levels (F=19.95, p<0.01), with no significant interaction (p>0.05). A significant linear effect was found across the 3 task load conditions (F =64.97, p<0.01). Pearson’s correlation showed that the HR for both Dual-FA and Dual-FL were significantly correlated with all 3 AMEDA scores (r ranged from 0.38 to 0.66, all p<0.05). In addition, years of training was significantly correlated with both HR for Dual-FA (r=0.46, p=0.02) and Dual-FL(r=0.61, p<0.01), as well as the proprioceptive AUC scores of both Single-A (r=0.45, p=0.02) and Dual-FA (r=0.64, p<0.01), but was not significantly correlated with the AUC scores of Dual-FL (p>0.05). CONCLUSION: Ankle proprioception may be an essential ability underpinning sport-specific performance and was significantly impaired under the dual tasks in youth table tennis players. Testing ankle proprioceptive ability during Dual-FL may place demand on central resources not developed by training. These findings have implications for ankle injury prevention, table tennis training and talent identification.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
EventACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine 2020: Bridging Research and Practice for Healthy, Active Lives - San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 26 May 202030 May 2020


ConferenceACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
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