Risicato (PT), C. Puntoni (PT), S. Dell’Agli (PT), M. Gesi (PhD)
Centro di Medicina Riabilitativa “Sport and Anatomy”, Pisa, Italy
We present how we have used the “Performance index” as an assessment and training instrument for the evaluation and the optimization of physical performance of a basketball player suffering of chronic ankle instability. We decided to evaluate the athlete using a specific assessment program with an innovative robotic device to analyze balance components, reactivity to perturbations, lower limbs strength, ankle range of motion (ROM) and core stability with numerical parameters in order to find the player’s functional deficits compared to high performing subjects’ normality ranges. In this case report, we present the data of a basketball player who resulted impaired especially in several functional areas due to right ankle instability. After a focused training on hunova the subject’s performance improved returning close to the normality ranges. The improvements we observed encouraged us to share this experience: in response to the robotic training program ankle range of motion and monopodalic balance improved in a significant way.