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The relationship of balance performance in young female national team wrestlers with strength, leg volume and anthropometric features

The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship of strength, leg volume, and anthropometric features of Turkish National Team Young Female wrestlers with balance performance. Totally 17 volunteer sportsmen with 18.43 ± 2.25 age average, 165.25 ± 6.90 cm height average, 61.37 ± 8.24 weight average, 22.22 ± 1.63 kg/m2 Body Mass Index (BMI), and 51.25 ± 6.93 kg Free Fat Mass (FFM) participated into the study. Leg and foot volume of the sportsmen participated into the study were evaluated using Frustum method, their leg strengths were evaluated using leg dynamometer, and balance performances were evaluated using Biodex Balance System. Balance performances were measured on double feet as dynamic and static. Spearman Correlation Analysis test as a non-parametric test was used for the statistical analysis of the data. A positive relationship was determined between leg strength and static balance (r=0.735 p<0.001), dynamic balance (r=0.690 p<0.003), leg volume (r=0.692 p<0.003), foot volume (r=0.735 p<0.001) and BMI (r=0.508 p<0.012); between static balance and dynamic balance (r=0.572 p<0.05), leg volume (r=0.87 p<0.01), foot volume (r=0.841 p<0.01) and FFM (r=0.626 p<0.001), and dynamic balance and leg volume (r=0.583 p<0.05), leg volume (r=0.575 p<0.05), BMI (r=0.646 p<0.05) and FFM (r=0.529 p<0.005) in female wrestlers. Consequently, it was concluded that increase at wrestlers’ strength, leg volume and foot volume positively affected balance skill, strength and leg volumes were required to be developed at an adequate level in wrestling in which balance was essential. Moreover, it was also determined that associating the balance performance with FFM instead of BMI would be more correct.

Author(s): Serkan Ibis