COMPARISON OF STATIC BALANCE MEASURES WITH HEIGHT AND WEIGHT ADJUSTMENTS BETWEEN TAEKWONDO AND HANDBALL PLAYERS

Jong-Chang Tsai, Tsung-Chin Wang, Chin-Chih Chiou, Tai-Yuan Su

Abstract


This study aimed to compare the static balance of taekwondo athletes and handball players. Considering the body size might affect the sway during static balance testing as the inverted pendulum model demonstrated. The static balance of the subjects was evaluated by the Bidex Balance System. The results showed that the APSI, MLSI and OSI of taekwondo athletes were significantly lower than those of the handball players. Moreover, the three stability indices of the two groups of athletes were significantly correlated with height and weight, but not age. The data showed that body size were positively related to the sway in the static balance testing. The taekwondo athletes were lighter than the handball players in average, nevertheless, lower height-and-weight adjusted stability indices of the taekwondo athletes were found.

Keywords


postural stability; inverted pendulum; body mass; stature; sport

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ISSN 1999-4168