Effect of Balance Training Using Different Compliant Surfaces on Performance of One Leg Stance Test and Star Excursion Balance Test
Received Date: Jul 08, 2019 / Accepted Date: Jul 23, 2019 / Published Date: Jul 30, 2019
In this study, the aim was to determine the effect of balance training using two different compliant surfaces (Sanddune® vs. AirEx® balance pad) on performance of One Leg Stance Test (OLST) (eyes open and eyes closed) and Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) in healthy young adults. A repeated-measures design was used. Forty subjects participated in this study. Twenty participants were in each group (Sanddune® group and AirEx® group). Subjects performed the OLST to determine static balance and the SEBT to determine dynamic balance. One group of participants performed balance exercises on the AirEx® balance pad over a 6-week period of time twice per week, and the second group of participants performed balance exercises on the Sanddune® over a 6-week period of time twice per week. ANOVA (repeated measures and two ways) was used to analyse the data. The results showed that, The differences between the pre-test and post-test scores and the eyes-open and eyes-closed scores of the OLST were statistically significant, but there was no statistically significant interaction between variables. Statistically significant differences were also found between the pre-test and post-test scores with the right-leg and left-leg tests on the SEBT, and statistically significant interactions were also found between the pre-test and post-test and the three normal reaches. The results suggested that both devices significantly changed balance results on the OLST and the SEBT. These results will enable physical therapists to better advice and incorporate balance exercise protocols using compliant surfaces for their patients/clients to enhance balance.
Keywords: Balance; Balance exercises; One Leg Stance Test; Star Excursion Balance Test
Citation: Alotaibi HM, Moffat M (2019) Effect of Balance Training Using Different Compliant Surfaces on Performance of One Leg Stance Test and Star Excursion Balance Test. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 7: 520.
Copyright: © 2019 Alotaibi HM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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