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J Aging Phys Act. 2010 Jan;18(1):1-13.

Static and dynamic balance control in older golfers.

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Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (SAR), China.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine whether older golfers have better static and dynamic balance control than older but nongolfing healthy adults.

METHODS:

Eleven golfers and 12 control participants (all male; 66.2 +/- 6.8 and 71.3 +/- 6.6 yr old, respectively) were recruited. Duration of static single-leg stance was timed. Control of body sway was assessed in single-leg stance during forward and backward platform perturbations. The lunge distance normalized with respect to each participant's height was used to compare the 2 groups in a forward-lunge test.

RESULTS:

Golfers maintained significantly longer duration in static single-leg stance. They achieved less anteroposterior body sway in perturbed single-leg stance and lunged significantly farther than did control participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

The better static and dynamic balance control exhibited by older golfers possibly reflects the effects of weight transfers from repeated golf swings during weight shift from 2-leg to predominantly 1-leg stance and from walking on uneven fairways.

PMID:
20181990
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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