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Muscle function among healthy adult athletes before and after a postural balance training period
Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Fysioterapi.
Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Fysioterapi..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7998-9744
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Sports science. Umeå Univeristet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2995-4428
2016 (Swedish)In: Jacobs Journal of Sports Medicine, ISSN 2376-9432, Vol. 3, no 2, article id 021Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Postural balance training is primarily used by athletes as rehabilitation after previous injuries or for prevention. A few studies have been made with the aim of investigating whether postural balance training can improve other physical functions in healthy participants. However, there is no consensus regarding effects.

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether postural balance training can improve muscle function in healthy adult athletes.

Method: Seventeen healthy adult (6 males and 11 females) athletes between the ages of 21 and 50 years performed three postural balance exercises once a day 3x30 seconds per exercise on each leg. This intervention was performed daily for six weeks. Their muscle function were assessed with squat jump, heel rise and grip strength (control). Evaluation was done before and after the training period.

Results: Jump height, number of repetitions in heel rise and duration in standing on one leg increased with statistical significance. There were no improvements in postural sway and grip strength.

Conclusion: The results suggest that a postural balance training period can provide a better local muscle function regarding explosive strength and endurance among adult athletes even if postural sway is not affected.

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2016. Vol. 3, no 2, article id 021
Keywords [en]
Muscle strength, Equilibrium, Exercise, Physical examination
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23975DiVA, id: diva2:1092894
Available from: 2017-05-04 Created: 2017-05-04 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved

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