Stability Limits of Standing Postural Control in Young Male Ving Tsun Chinese Martial Art Practitioners: A Pilot Study in Hong Kong
Rehabilitation Science
Volume 2, Issue 2, May 2017, Pages: 30-34
Received: Jan. 30, 2017; Accepted: Feb. 21, 2017; Published: Mar. 7, 2017
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William Wai Nam Tsang, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
Shirley Siu Ming Fong, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong; School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
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This study aimed to compare the stability limits of standing balance control between Ving Tsun (VT) practitioners and non-practitioners. Four male VT practitioners (mean age ± standard deviation = 26.3 ± 5.0 years) and 4 healthy active male adults (mean age ± standard deviation = 21.5 ± 2.4 years) as controls participated in the study. Balance ability, specifically limits of stability (LOS) in standing, was assessed using the LOS test. Outcome measures included reaction time, movement velocity, maximum excursion, end-point excursion and directional control in the forward, backward, right and left directions. Results revealed that VT practitioners had lower LOS maximum excursion scores in the backward direction (17.6% lower, p = 0.020), and lower directional control scores in both the backward direction (8.6% lower, p = 0.042) and to the right side (7.7% lower, p = 0.043) compared to the controls. No significant between-group differences in other outcome variables were found (p > 0.05). VT practitioners showed inferior LOS balance performance in standing compared to non-practitioners in general, except that they seemed to have better maximum excursion in the forward direction (effect size = 0.951). Further randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm these results.
Martial Exercise, Balance, Limits of Stability
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William Wai Nam Tsang, Shirley Siu Ming Fong, Stability Limits of Standing Postural Control in Young Male Ving Tsun Chinese Martial Art Practitioners: A Pilot Study in Hong Kong, Rehabilitation Science. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2017, pp. 30-34. doi: 10.11648/
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