Effects of core stability on junior male soccer players’ balance: randomized control trial

Yıldızer, Günay
Kirazcı, Sadettin
Despite the widespread popularity of the core stability trainings, research has not yet to establish specific guidelines that provide the most beneficial and deliberate protocols for young athletes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of 8-week stable surface core stability training program on static and dynamic balance tasks with dominant and non-dominant foot stance among twelve-year-old soccer players. Fifteen of the soccer players were in the experimental group (Age=148.67±3.37 months, Height=154.19±9.43 cm, Weight=45.52±7.91 kg), 11 of them were (Age=145.73±3.84 months, Height=152.36±6.05 cm, Weight=45.19±7.85 kg) in the control group. Protocol was progressive as from static stable surface movements to dynamic stable surface exercises. Static and dynamic balance measured by Force Platform. Participants performed time-to-stabilization test for dynamic balance task. Averaged mean sway value in Anterio-Posterior and Medio-Lateral direction was used to evaluate unilateral static balance task. The effect of implemented program on dynamic and static balance performances were assessed by 2 x 2 univariate analysis of variance with repeated measures. Participating in soccer exercises improved dynamic balance for both dominant and nondominant foot (p<0.05). Only significant interaction of implemented program and time was observed for dominant foot (p<0.05). However, no main effect of implemented program on dynamic balance performance for dominant and non-dominant foot and no implementation x time interaction for non-dominant foot were observed (p>0.05). Significant effect was observed for implementation in Medio-Lateral direction for dominant foot (p<0.05). We conclude that eight weeks stable surface core stability training might be added into exercise programs for improving stabilization after landing and static balance performance in specific directions among junior soccer players
Citation Formats
G. Yıldızer and S. Kirazcı, “Effects of core stability on junior male soccer players’ balance: randomized control trial,” pp. 48–62, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/74112.