How to perform the SEBT (Star Excursion Balance Test).

assessment Feb 14, 2018
 

The SEBT is a multiplane dynamic test that is designed to assess the ability of the patient or client to control their strength, mobility and balance on a single leg. The SEBT has been used to assess lower limb injury risk factors from chronic ankle instability to ACL injuries. “The SEBT has been shown to be a reliable measure and has validity as a dynamic test to predict the risk of lower extremity injury, to identify dynamic balance deficits in patients with a variety of lower extremity conditions” (Gribble, P, Hertel, J, Plisky, P 2012).

The SEBT is a valuable objective test used in a clinical setting to:
- Set baseline movement data and track progression over time for treatment or training plans.
- May help determine an individuals risk of injury in return to sport, activity or in pre-screening.


The importance of the SEBT in identifying risk factors for individuals has been highlighted by research papers namely Gribble et al (2012). as well as Plisky, Rauh, Kaminski (2006) who researched the effects of the SEBT results and lower limb injuries in Basketballers. Their findings:

- Females with a decreased standardised composite reach distance were 6.5 times more likely to have a lower extremity injury.

- Basketball players that have more than a 4cm Right/Left discrepancy for the Anterior reach were 2.5 times more likely to have a lower extremity injury.

- Faster individuals performed better with greater distances achieved and high similarities between sides than slower individuals. 

- Following the addition of a 6-week core training healthy individuals improved SEBT scores (compared to control group).

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