DAid Smart Socks as Feedback for Foot Performance Evaluation of Female Athletes during “Single Leg Squat” Test

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Increased pressure on the medial side of the plantar surface of the foot in female athletes, is one of the risk factors for lower extremity injuries. The Functional test such as the “Single leg squat”(SLS) test, is one way to assess foot plantar pressure. Performing functional tests in clinical settings provides subjective feedback, which is a major drawback in all functional tests. The DAid smart socks are an easily applicable objective tool to detect changes in foot plantar surface pressure during simple functional activities. However, there is a lack of information on changes in plantar surface pressure using the DAid smart socks as feedback during functional tests. The study aimed to evaluate the changes in foot plantar pressure of female athletes with the DAid smart socks during the performance of the SLS test.. Volunteer female athletes (n=20) were recruited. The DAid smart socks were used as the assessment tool of the plantar pressure during the SLS test. The evaluation of the change of the plantar pressure of the foot during the SLS test was performed by analysing the variation of the centre of pressure (CoP) and was displayed as 2D colour wave plots.. The values of the plantar surface pressure centre (CoP) of the foot differed statistically significantly during the whole tests for the right foot (p <0.00) and the left foot (p <0.00). In 2D colour wave plots 5., 3., 1. sensor shows the loading of the medial part of the foot. The resulting 2D colour wave plots graphs of changes in relative pressure confirm the conclusions drawn from the CoP results.. For female athletes, during the SLS tests, the distribution of the pressure centre of the plantar surface of the foot is observed in the medial part of the foot, evaluated with the DAid smart socks.
Period29 Mar 202331 Mar 2023
Event titleRSU International Research Conference 2023: Knowledge for Use in Practice
Event typeConference
OrganiserRīga Stradiņš University
LocationRiga, LatviaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational