THE SHORT TERM EFFECTS OF POWERBALANCE AND SHUZIQI BRACELETS ON SPORTING PERFORMANCE
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The main aim of the research was to investigate the short term effects (if any) of the PowerBalance and Shuziqi bracelets in the improvement of speed, strength, balance, power and flexibility, with the overall purpose of examining the usefulness of these aids as legal performance enhancers. Eight male Badminton players (n=8; 19.4±1.3 years; 1.8±0.1m; 70.5±11.8kg) from the Western Division 2C of the British Universities and Colleges Sporting Championships were blinded of the identity of 4 conditions being placed upon them throughout the testing procedure (No bracelet, PowerBalance bracelet, Shuzi bracelet and Placebo bracelet). All Participants completed 60m Sprint, Vertical Jump, Balance, Handgrip Dynamometer and the Sit-and-Reach Tests whilst under the 4 different conditions. Each condition was trialled 3 times of which a mean score was calculated and used for data analysis (SPSS Repeated Measures ANOVA). In summary, there were no significant differences found between the conditions for the enhancement of speed, strength, balance, power and flexibility (p>0.05). The findings of the present study indicate that the usefulness of both PowerBalance and Shuzi bracelets as physiological ergogenic aid is nil. However, the study concluded that the bracelets can be deemed as Psychological ergogenic aids due to the pseudo effect.
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