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Centre of pressure sway characteristics during static one-legged stance of athletes from different sports.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18409108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The frequency of one-legged stance and two-legged stance differs considerably among sports. We therefore expect the balance ability of athletes from different sports to vary. This study compared the sway characteristics during a static one-legged stance of soccer players, basketball players, swimmers, and non-athletes. The centre of pressure sway during one-legged stance of ten male participants representing each of the four groups was measured using a stabilometer. Centre of pressure sway was assessed by four sway factors: sway velocity, anterior-posterior sway, horizontal sway, and high-frequency sway. None of the four groups of participants showed significant differences in body sway between standing on the dominant leg and standing on the non-dominant leg. The soccer players had more high-frequency sway and less anterior-posterior sway and horizontal sway than the basketball players, swimmers, and non-athletes. These results suggest that soccer players have superior ability to maintain a stable one-legged stance. Further study is required to determine how much of the superior balance ability in soccer players is innate and how much is developed through training, as well as to determine the relationship between balance ability and playing performance.
Shigeki Matsuda; Shinichi Demura; Masanobu Uchiyama
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports sciences     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0264-0414     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-14     Completed Date:  2008-09-16     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405364     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  775-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Junior College, Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University, Gifu.
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MeSH Terms
Postural Balance / physiology*
Sports / physiology*

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