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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 168-173

Comparison of core stability in different sportsmen

Department of Physiotherapy, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Gaurai Mangesh Gharote
Department of Physiotherapy, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune - 411 037, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_11_17

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Introduction and Purpose: “Core stability” is seen as being pivotal for efficient biomechanical function to maximize force generation and minimize joint loads in all types of activities ranging from running to throwing. Despite the popularity of core stability training, relatively little scientific research has been conducted to compare core stability in different sportsmen. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to critically examine core stability and other issues related to this topic to determine useful applications for sport conditioning programs. Furthermore, the aim of this study was to compare core stability in different sportsperson belonging to the following categories: badminton, cricket (fast bowlers) (which are the overhead athletes), football, sprinters (nonoverhead athletes). To conclude which category among the ones mentioned above have the highest core stability in terms of core endurance. Materials and Methods: Eighty participants in total were included in the study (twenty each from the above-mentioned sport). Demographic data, participation consent, and other data pertaining to their sport were taken, and they were instructed to perform core endurance tests which included the 60° flexion test, trunk extensor endurance test, right side plank test, and left side plank test. Analysis included a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) to determine the difference between the four groups. Results: ANOVA was performed and was statistically significant with P < 0.0001 for the flexion endurance test, P = 0.0030 for the extension endurance test, P = 0.0037 for right plank test, P = 0.0004 for the left plank test. P = 0.0107 for total core endurance hold time. Conclusion: The results suggest that footballers had a higher core endurance followed by sprinters, cricket fast bowlers, and badminton players.

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