Location

Memorial Ballroom

Access Type

Event

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

6-4-2016 1:00 PM

Abstract

Context: Muscle imbalance and poor posture have been linked to musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Athletes are known to over train and overuse sport specific muscle groups while not developing the opposing muscle groups. This improper training could lead to muscle imbalance and poor posture. Objective: To use photographic analysis software to compare standing postural traits of baseball, softball, and soccer athletes in order to identify relationships between posture and sport, and between male and female athletes. Design: Descriptive Laboratory Study Setting: Laboratory Participants: 58 NCAA athletes (age 19.5±1.25 years); 17 baseball, 10 softball, 10 men’s soccer, 21 women’s soccer; 27 males, 31 females. Data Collection and Analysis: Four photographs were taken of each participant viewing the anterior, lateral, and posterior facets of his or her static posture. These photographs were then uploaded to BodyZone PostureZone software and analyzed using on screen measurements and angles. Results: There were few notable differences in posture between males and females and between participants of upper extremity sports and participants of lower extremity sports. Conclusions: There are several factors that influence an individual’s posture including participation in sport. Muscle development through repetitive sport specific motions plays a role in influencing static posture. However, other lifestyle influences on posture make it difficult to isolate sport specific muscle development as having a distinguishable impact on static posture.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Debbie A. Bradney

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Apr 6th, 12:00 PM Apr 6th, 1:00 PM

Static Posture Analysis of Intercollegiate Baseball, Softball, and Soccer Athletes

Memorial Ballroom

Context: Muscle imbalance and poor posture have been linked to musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Athletes are known to over train and overuse sport specific muscle groups while not developing the opposing muscle groups. This improper training could lead to muscle imbalance and poor posture. Objective: To use photographic analysis software to compare standing postural traits of baseball, softball, and soccer athletes in order to identify relationships between posture and sport, and between male and female athletes. Design: Descriptive Laboratory Study Setting: Laboratory Participants: 58 NCAA athletes (age 19.5±1.25 years); 17 baseball, 10 softball, 10 men’s soccer, 21 women’s soccer; 27 males, 31 females. Data Collection and Analysis: Four photographs were taken of each participant viewing the anterior, lateral, and posterior facets of his or her static posture. These photographs were then uploaded to BodyZone PostureZone software and analyzed using on screen measurements and angles. Results: There were few notable differences in posture between males and females and between participants of upper extremity sports and participants of lower extremity sports. Conclusions: There are several factors that influence an individual’s posture including participation in sport. Muscle development through repetitive sport specific motions plays a role in influencing static posture. However, other lifestyle influences on posture make it difficult to isolate sport specific muscle development as having a distinguishable impact on static posture.

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2016/Posters/15