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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1997 Nov-Dec;20(9):590-601.

Effects of nine holes of simulated golf and orthotic intervention on balance and proprioception in experienced golfers.

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Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, MN 55431, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate effects of orthotic intervention on balance and proprioception among a group of experienced golfers.

SETTING:

Northwestern College of Chiropractic.

PARTICIPANTS:

Twelve experienced golfers were included in the study.

METHOD:

Balance and proprioception were measured before and after nine holes of simulated golf using piezo-electric film sensor platforms. Subjects wore custom-made, flexible orthotics daily for 6 wk and were then retested using the same objective measurement parameters.

OUTCOME MEASURE:

Primary outcome measures included stabilization index and stabilization time.

RESULTS:

Statistical trends suggest that the custom-made, flexible orthotics used in this study were effective in enhancing balance and proprioception and may have reduced the relative effects of fatigue associated with nine holes of simulated golf.

CONCLUSION:

Although individual differences were anticipated, data trends suggest that nine holes of simulated golf promotes changes in standing balance and proprioception and that 6 wk of wearing these custom-made, flexible orthotics has a positive influence in promoting balance and proprioceptive symmetry.

PMID:
9436144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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