If Proprioception Is Relevant to Locomotion, then Why Test It Standing Still?

Mervyn Travers, James Debenham, William Gibson, Amity Campbell, Garry Allison


Traditionally, proprioception research has utilised passive position or movement detection and repositioning tasks. Current evidence suggests proprioception represents a complex synergy of sensory inputs that may be more appropriately assessed during more functional tasks. This study investigated the Minimal Perceptible Difference (MPD) test - a novel assessment of participants’ ability to perceive floor height changes whilst hopping. Sixteen healthy volunteers performed multiple hopping trials on a custom-built sleigh apparatus that permitted a floor height change (range 3mm to 48mm). The MPD in floor height was recorded for 8 different hopping conditions (Factors - Technique: alternate / bilateral hopping; Side: dominant / non dominant; Direction of change: up / down) over two separate testing occasions. Within and between-day reliability were assessed using ICC and 95% confidence intervals. Hopping technique was the only factor which significantly influenced participants’sensitivity to detect changes in floor height. The mean MPD was significantly lower (p<.0001) for bilateral hopping (15.65mm) when compared to alternate hopping (26.59mm). Bilateral hopping yielded strong ICC for within and between day reliability. We propose the bilateral hopping MPD assessment is a reliable, functional assessment of proprioception sensitivity that may better reflect human gait than established static assessments.


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Travers M., Debenham J., Gibson W., Campbell A. and Allison G. (2013). If Proprioception Is Relevant to Locomotion, then Why Test It Standing Still? . In - icSPORTS, ISBN , pages 0-0

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author={Mervyn Travers and James Debenham and William Gibson and Amity Campbell and Garry Allison},
title={If Proprioception Is Relevant to Locomotion, then Why Test It Standing Still?},
booktitle={ - icSPORTS,},

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JO - - icSPORTS,
TI - If Proprioception Is Relevant to Locomotion, then Why Test It Standing Still?
SN -
AU - Travers M.
AU - Debenham J.
AU - Gibson W.
AU - Campbell A.
AU - Allison G.
PY - 2013
SP - 0
EP - 0
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