THE EFFECT OF A 3-WEEK CORE STABILITY TRAINING PROGRAMME ON TRUNK STABILITY DURING A STATIC HANDSTAND POSITION IN FEMALE UNIVERSITY LEVEL GYMNASTS
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Context: Core stability training is a common part of many programmes; although a popular component in many training protocols, little evidence exists to suggest the impact is has on performance. Objective: To establish whether a core training programme has an impact on a physiological position (plank) and a functional position (handstand) within gymnasts. Design: Parallel-group randomised control trial. Setting: Purpose built gymnastics facility at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Participants: Nine female students from the university gymnastics team were randomly assigned to the experimental (n=5) or control (n=4) group. Intervention: A three week intervention was attended by the experimental group, in addition to normal training sessions, using a progressive core training programme. Data collection and analysis: Video data was collected pre- and post- intervention to track total deviation during a plank and handstand position, and analysed using Dartfish software. Results: Using a two-way mixed model ANOVA, a significant reduction in deviation was found within the experimental group during the handstand position post-intervention (P<0.05). Conclusion: The results indicate that a specific core training programme may have performance implications within female gymnasts, although further research is required within different sports to confirm this.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT CONDITIONING, REHABILITATION AND MASSAGE
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