Off-campus SJSU users: To download campus access theses, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your SJSU library user name and PIN.

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Jay A. Johnson


ankle, fit, instability, rehabilitation, wii

Subject Areas



The purpose of this research was to experimentally examine if the Wii Fit® (WF) could be used to monitor progress of a rehabilitation protocol for patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI). Forty-eight participants were recruited and randomly divided into three groups (healthy-control, CAI-control, and CAI-rehab). All participants were measured by the WF on double and single-leg stances at Week 1 and again at Week 4. Participants in the rehabilitation group completed six supervised ankle rehabilitation visits as well as take-home exercises. Participants in control groups did not receive ankle rehabilitative interventions. Participants in the CAI-rehab significantly improved their scores with single-leg stance after completing the intervention (p < .05). It was concluded that the 4-week ankle rehabilitation protocol improved single-leg stance balance scores, and the WF may be a viable tool for monitoring rehabilitative progress. Future research should examine progress with lower extremity and core stability rehabilitations with WF.