The comparative effects of a six-week balance training program, gluteus medius strength training program, and combined balance training/gluteus medius strength training program on dynamic postural control
Date of Graduation
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
Michelle A. Sandrey.
Little is known about proprioception, gluteus medius strength, or combination training programs for improving dynamic balance. The purpose of this study was to assess the outcome of six weeks of gluteus medius strength training, proprioception training, and a combination of the two on dynamic balance. The study was a 2x4x8 and a 2x4 factorial design with three experimental groups and a control group. This study included 48 healthy, physically active, college-aged subjects. The six-week protocol for the experimental groups was conducted following a specific program three times a week for an average of 30-minutes. The proprioception training program included a battery of exercises that advanced from week to week. The gluteus medius training program utilized exercises that focused on strengthening the gluteus medius. Pre and post-test measurements of dynamic balance were conducted using the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) and the Manual Muscle Testing System for gluteus medius (GM). Testing was conducted one week prior to and following the six-week exercise protocol. Significant differences were found for test, direction and test by group on the SEBT for all eight reach directions and for test and test by group for GM. There was no difference between groups. In conclusion, gluteus medius strength training and/or proprioception training may be used as a supplement to improve dynamic balance among healthy subjects.
Leavey, Vincent J., "The comparative effects of a six-week balance training program, gluteus medius strength training program, and combined balance training/gluteus medius strength training program on dynamic postural control" (2006). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2457.