Ipsilateral vs Contralateral Presentation of Familiarization Trials in a Lower-Limb Proprioception Test

Nan Yang, Roger Adams, Gordon Waddington, Jia Han

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Abstract

We examined the effect of pretest familiarization with ipsilateral or contralateral limbs on the performance in a proprioception test conducted afterwards. Sixty adults were randomly assigned to six different familiarization-session patterns. Ankle proprioception was tested using active movement extent discrimination assessment. The results reflected a beneficial effect of familiarization session on performance in the subsequent proprioception test (ES = 0.777). However, no significant difference was found between proprioceptive acuity scores when familiarization and test happened with either ipsilateral or contralateral limbs (ES= 0.361), or between the tested left and right foot no matter which side was familiarized (ES = 0.343). These results suggest that proprioceptive information from the familiarization session facilitates the subsequent proprioception test and is equally available to both hemispheres without loss of quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2020

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