EFFECT OF PILATES BASED EXERCISE ON BODY SWAY AND SHOOTING PERFORMANCE OF BRAZILIANS POLICE
Keywords: Pilates, core stability, balance, pistol shooting
AbstractThis study investigated the effect of a 10-week Pilates practice on core stability, shooting performance and body sway in fifteen policemen (25.3 ± 3 years; 171 ± 9 cm; 71.6 ± 12.1 kg). The policeman performed 10 pistol shots and had the three dimensional ground reaction forces data (AMTI-OR-06, USA and gun target fluctuation point (SCATT USB Professional Trainer) registered during 5s prior shooting. Shooting score was also determined. Core stability was accessed by the double lowering limb (DLL) test. Although the Mann- Whitney U test showed that the Pilates practice significantly improve the core stability, no changes was observed on body sway or shooting performance. Ten weeks of Pilates practice was effective to improve core stability in policemen, but it was not able to decrease body sway during shooting or the ability of the shooter hit the target.
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