Comparison of Dynamic Balance in Collegiate Field Hockey and Football Players Using Star Excursion Balance Test
Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 4 (3); 221-229
May 4, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
August 14, 2012
March 4, 2013
J A. Comparison of Dynamic Balance in Collegiate Field Hockey and Football Players Using Star Excursion Balance Test,
Asian J Sports Med.
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The preliminary study aimed to compare dynamic balance between collegiate athletes competing or training in football and hockey using star excursion balance test.
A total thirty university level players, football (n = 15) and field hockey (n = 15) were participated in the study. Dynamic balance was assessed by using star excursion balance test. The testing grid consists of 8 lines each 120 cm in length extending from a common point at 45 increments. The subjects were instructed to maintain a stable single leg stance with the test leg with shoes off and to reach for maximal distance with the other leg in each of the 8 directions. A pencil was used to point and read the distance to which each subject's foot reached. The normalized leg reach distances in each direction were summed for both limbs and the total sum of the mean of summed normalized distances of both limbs were calculated.
There was no significant difference in all the directions of star excursion balance test scores in both the groups. Additionally, composite reach distances of both groups also found non-significant ( P=0.5). However, the posterior ( P=0.05) and lateral ( P=0.03) normalized reach distances were significantly more in field hockey players.
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