2017, Volume 9, Issue 3

Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes



Małgorzata Grabara1

1Faculty of Physical Education, Department of Tourism and Health-Related Physical Activity, the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice


Author for correspondence: Małgorzata Grabara; Faculty of Physical Education, Department of Tourism and Health-Related Physical Activity, the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice; email: m.grabara[at]awf.katowice.pl

DOI: 10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07

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Abstract

Background: The aim of the present study was to assess the posture and somatic parameters in adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes and determine whether a relationship exists between the posture and the volume of training and/or its frequency.
Material/Methods: Sixty-eight adolescent male handball players and sixty-nine non-athletes aged 15–18 were examined. The posture was evaluated by the moiré method.
Results: Handball players exhibited smaller and less frequent asymmetries compared to the nonathletes. Statistically significant differences were found in the position of shoulder blades (p < 0.05) and pelvic alignment in the frontal (p < 0.001) and transverse (p < 0.05) planes. The spinal shape in the sagittal plane did not differentiate the training subjects from nonathletes. The study also revealed weak correlations between the training period and a deviation of the spinous processes (r = 0.25), a symmetry of the shoulder blades (r = 0.25), and an inclination angle of the thoracolumbar segment (r = -0.26). No correlations were observed between the training frequency and posture parameters.
Conclusions: It can be concluded that despite the predominance of asymmetric elements, handball training does not negatively affect the posture in the frontal and transverse planes.


Key words: postural defects , asymmetries, moiré technique, athletes, handball training


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AMA:

Grabara M. Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes. Balt J Health Phys Activ. 2017;9(3):76-86. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07

APA:

Grabara, M., (2017). Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes. Balt J Health Phys Activ, 9(3), 76-86. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07

Chicago:

Grabara, Małgorzata. 2017. "Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes". Balt J Health Phys Activ 9 (3): 76-86. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07

Harvard:

Grabara, M., (2017). Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes. Balt J Health Phys Activ, 9(3), pp.76-86. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07

MLA:

Grabara, Małgorzata "Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes." Balt J Health Phys Activ, vol. 9, no. 3, 2017, pp. 76-86. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07

Vancouver:

Grabara M. Posture of adolescent male handball players compared to non-athletes. Balt J Health Phys Activ 2017; 9(3): 76-86. Available from: doi:10.29359/BJHPA.09.3.07