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Lower-Extremity Overuse Injury and Use of Foot Orthotic Devices in Women’s Basketball

Walter L. Jenkins DHS, PT, ATC1 and Susanne G. Raedeke MA, ATC2
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  • 1 Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
  • | 2 Department of Health Education and Promotion, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
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One hundred thirty-two female basketball players were observed for lower-extremity overuse injury between 1993 and 2004. Athletes studied between 1993 and 1996 did not receive foot orthotic devices and composed the control group. The treatment group comprised athletes studied between 1996 and 2004. Athletes in the treatment group were given a foot orthotic device before participation in basketball. Data analysis included lower-extremity overuse injury rates and the effect of foot orthotic devices on lower-extremity overuse injury rates by means of an incidence density ratio. The control group had a lower-extremity overuse injury rate of 5.37 per 1,000 exposures, and the treatment group had a rate of 6.44 per 1,000 exposures. The incidence density ratio was not significant (P = .44). This study rejects the concept that foot orthotic devices may assist in prevention of lower-extremity overuse injury in female basketball players. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 96(5): 408–412, 2006)

Corresponding author: Walter L. Jenkins, DHS, PT, ATC, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, 2405F AH-LAHN Bldg, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.