comparative study on static and dynamic balance in male collegiate
soccer and basketball athletes
Shaji John Kachanathu1, Eshu Dhamija2, Mimansa Malhotra2
1College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
2Department of Physiotherapy, Institute of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, New Delhi, India
Performance of athletes from different sports on balance tests is not
well understood. Prescription of balance exercises to athletes in
different sports may be an important to recognize performance
variations. Thus current study was compared static and dynamic balance
among soccer and basketball collegiate athletes.
Method. A sample of 40 male volunteers from collegiate soccer and
basketball athletes with mean age of 19.2▒1.42years were participated
in the current study. Subjects were divided into two respective groups
of basketball and soccer (n =20). Study outcomes were assessed the
static and dynamic balances by Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) and
Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) respectively in both groups.
Results. Results indicated that both basketball and soccer athletes had
similar static balance measure on BESS irrespective of dominant or
non-dominant extremity. SEBT comparisons revealed that statistically
significant difference were found between two groups of athletes for
dominant extremity in all the three reach directions.
indicated that increased reach distance of soccer athletes on SEBT
showed better dynamic balance ability than basketball athletes.
Conclusions. Basketball and soccer players did not differ in terms of
static balance. In contrast, basketball players displayed inferior
dynamic balance compared with soccer players. With this insight,
athletic trainers may prescribe balance exercises more effectively to
athletes from basketball and soccer players.
proprioception, postural control, motor learning, attention