Comparison of posturographic parameters between young taekwondo and tennis athletes

Angelo Iovane, Antonio Palma, Antonino Patti, Giuseppe Messina, Jessica Brusa, Matteo Barcellona, Romilda Palma

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Abstract

[Purpose] Physical activity can influence the development of postural control and balance. Therefore, the aim of study was to use posturography assessment to compare balance control on the Romberg test between athletes in two very different sports, taekwondo and tennis. [Participants and Methods] Twenty-nine young athletes participated in the study, 11 forming the taekwondo group and 18 the tennis group. Posturography was performed using the FreeMed system (Sensor Medica). Between-group differences were evaluated using unpaired Student's t-test. [Results] There was a significance between-group difference in the centre of pressure and the ellipse surface area with no between-group difference in frontal and sagittal plane postural control. [Conclusion] The taekwondo athletes displayed greater stability than tennis athletes, with a smaller ellipse area and a decrease in the amplitude of oscillations of the centre of pressure along the frontal plane, adaptations which likely reflect the demands of the taekwondo. Further studies are needed to support these conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1052-1055
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy Science
Volume30
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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