CHANGES IN ISOMETRIC AND ISOKINETIC STRENGTH, POSTURAL BALANCE AND ENDURANCE AFTER THAI-BO TRAINING PROGRAM

  • L. Thorwesten
  • C. Beckemeyer
  • S. Kollenberg
  • M. Kuhlmann
  • K. Völker
Keywords: Thai Bo, TaeBo ®, Thairobic, BodyCombat, postural balance, isokinetics, strength, endurance.

Abstract

The objective of the present study was to examine the influence of a long term Thai-Bo training program on muscular strength of the knee muscles, postural balance, and cardiovascular parameters. Thirty-five volunteers participated in two groups. Pre-and posttest with measuring of isometric and isokinetic strength of knee extension/flexion as well as postural balance on a force plate were performed before and after a weekly six-months training period. Furthermore cardiovascular parameters were measured during a stepwise increasing cycle ergometry. The results showed a significant increase of isometric strength and isokinetic strength at 600 /s in addition to an improvement in postural balance. Also a significant improvement of cardiovascular parameters in retest could be demonstrated.
Published
2008-04-21