1University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia
Association of Laboratory and Field Balance Test
Balance can be defined as keeping the center of gravity of the body within the surface of the support and has crucial role in sport. However, there are insufficient knowledge regarding balance field testing. The main aim of this study was to determine association between Biodex laboratory balance test and Y balance field test. The participants in this study were 12 students (6 males, 6 females) of Faculty of Kinesiology in Split, Croatia. The set of variables includ- ed anthropometric measures (body height, body weight, body mass index), two laboratory balance tests conduct- ed on Biodex (Postural stability test, Limits of stability test) and field balance test (Y balance test). The correlations between observed variables were calculated by Pearson's product moment correlation. No significant correlations were found between Y balance test and both Postural stability test (r=-0.06 and 0.02 respectively for left and right leg) and Limits of stability test (r=-0.06 and 0.02). The results of this study indicate that Y balance test is not a precise measure of balance ability in well-trained individuals. Authors hypothesize that Y balance test performance is great- ly influenced by lower extremity strength and mobility. There is an obvious need for the construction and validation of new field tests to assess the level of balance in amateur and professional athletes.
dynamic balance, Y balance test, limits of stability, postural stability, Biodex
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