Associations between static and dynamic field balance tests in assessing postural stability of female undergraduate dancers
Type of Research output: Journal Article
Trinity Laban Staff member(s): Dr Frances Clarke (0000-0002-4903-678X),
All Author(s): Clarke, F., Koutedakis, Y., Wilson, M., Wyon, M.
Publication details: Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 25(3)
Balance testing on dancers has revealed a wide variety of assessment tools. However, as most field balance tests have been developed for either sport or elderly populations, the evidence of associations between tests and their functional relevance to dance is inconclusive. We assessed possible associations between five such field balance tests. The total of 83 female undergraduate dance students (20±1.5 years; 163 ±6.6 cm; 61 ±10.8 kg) volunteered for the tests. They executed the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), the modified Romberg test, the Airplane test, the BioSway Balance System (Biodex, USA) and a dance-specific pirouette test. Spearman’s correlation coefficients examined relationships between the measures of the balance tests. Results showed quite strong to strong relationships between some SEBT reach directions (p[/su_spoiler]