Star Excursion Balance Test performance and application in elite junior rugby union players

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Title: Star Excursion Balance Test performance and application in elite junior rugby union players
Authors: Coughlan, Garrett
Delahunt, Eamonn
O'Sullivan, Eoghan
Fullam, Karl
Green, Brian
Caulfield, Brian
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Date: Nov-2014
Abstract: Objectives: To evaluate performance on selected reach directions of the Start Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) in an elite underage rugby union population, and determine if differences exist between the forward and back position units. This information may have implications for the application of this test in player injury prevention and management. Design: Descriptive study. Setting: Gymnasium at an elite junior rugby union screening camp. Participants: 102 healthy male elite rugby union players (age = 17.9 ± 1.1 years, height = 1.83 ± 0.07 m, body mass = 90.5 ± 11.3 kg). Main outcome measures: Participants were assessed on the Anterior (A), Posterior-medial (PM), and Posterior-lateral (PL) reach directions of the SEBT. Results: Normative data for SEBT performance in the A, PM and PL reach directions were established for an elite junior rugby union population. No significant differences in dynamic postural stability were observed between the forward and back position units. Conclusions: This study provides normative SEBT data on an elite junior rugby union population, which enables clinicians to compare player dynamic postural stability and has implications for use in the prevention and management of player injuries.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Physical Therapy in Sport
Volume: 15
Issue: 4
Start page: 249
End page: 253
Copyright (published version): 2013 Elsevier
Keywords: Personal sensingPostural balanceAthletic injuriesRehabilitation
DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2013.11.005
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection
Insight Research Collection
Institute for Sport & Health Research Collection

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