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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013 Oct;17(4):462-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.02.004. Epub 2013 Apr 22.

Low impact weight-bearing exercise in an upright posture achieves greater lumbopelvic stability than overground walking.

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Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, United Kingdom.


The aim of this study was to determine the kinematic differences between movements on a new exercise device (EX) that promotes a stable trunk over a moving, unstable base of support, and overground walking (OW). Sixteen male participants performed EX and OW trials while their movements were tracked using a 3D motion capture system. Trunk and pelvis range of motion (ROM) were similar between EX and OW in the sagittal and frontal planes, and reduced for EX in the transverse plane. The pelvis was tilted anteriorly, on average, by about 16° in EX compared to OW. Hip and knee ROM were reduced in EX compared to OW. The exercise device appears to promote similar or reduced lumbopelvic motion, compared to walking, which could contribute to more tonic activity of the local lumbopelvic musculature.


Exercise; Kinematics; Lumbopelvic stability; Walking

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