Adjunctive Body Imagery

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The article is titled the adjunctive role imagery on the functional rehabilitation of a grade II ankle sprain by Anna Christakou, Yannis Zervas, and David Lavallee. The purpose of the study was to see if imagery had a positive effect along with physical therapy on improving muscular endurance, dynamic balance, and functional stability on athletes who suffered from grade II ankle sprains. In order to participate in the study one had to have had a grade II ankle sprain shown by an ultrasound, not have previously sprained their ankle, and been an active participant in sports for at least two years. The study was composed of a total of 20 athletes who had at one time sprained their ankle playing sports. The 20 athletes were comprised of 17 men and 3 women ranging from the ages of 18-30 years old (Christakou, Zervas, & Lavallee, 2007). The sports in which the ankle injuries occurred were volleyball, basketball, mini-soccer, long jump, gymnastics, and judo. The 20 athletes were then divided in to two groups at random consisting of the control and the experimental group. In the control group there were nine men and one woman. In the…show more content…
The participants in the experimental group had 12 individual sessions of imagery for 45 minutes were the focus was on visualizing the exercises that they had previously engaged in earlier during physical therapy (Christakou et al, 2007). For the first four sessions imagery was explained to the members of the experimental group. In order to test the effectiveness of imagery the participants in the experimental group completed the Vividness of Movement Imagery Questionnaire. The VMIQ scale ranges from 1-5. A score of 1 means the image seen was vivid and a score of 5 meant that the person cannot see the image (Christakou et al, 2007). After each session of imagery, the participant would give score themselves based on the vividness of the

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