Stabilometry to rate body balancing and movement coordination qualities in football


Dr.Med., Professor L.V. Kapilevich1, 2
Postgraduate student Yu.A. Gaevaya2
M.O. Shelhorn1
PhD, Associate Professor A.A. Ilyin3
1National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk
2National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk
3Tomsk University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, Tomsk

The Tomsk Oblast and a few neighboring regions have reported growth of winter football popularity for the last few years in many communities including the academic ones. Progress and popularity of the sport discipline opens up new progress opportunities for the academic group physical education and sport services in Siberia. Winter football may be easily integrated in the traditional physical education and sport theory and practice although its sets some special requirements to the footballers’ physical qualities and skills. The sport-specific skills executed on a slippery surface require the players’ postural control qualities and skills being perfect. The study was designed to apply stabilometrics to rate the balancing and coordination qualities in academic winter football players. Sampled for the study were the 21-25 year-old 3-4-year male students split up into a Reference Group (RG, n=15) specializing in the traditional football and Experimental Group (EG, n=15) specializing in winter football. The test data were obtained using Stabilan-01-2 computerized stabilometer with analyzer and feedback capacities. The sample was tested by the Romberg test, stability limit test, optokinetic and sensory vestibular tests, plus a ball kick test.
The stabilograms tested the RG with the high movement coordination and body balancing skills in kicks on the traditional surface; whilst the EG demonstrated better movement coordination and body balancing skills on the slippery surface. The test data and analyses demonstrate that the winter football develops high and specific movement coordination and body balancing skills with the relevant motor stereotypes on the slippery surface largely different from the traditional kicking skills.

Keywords: students, winter football, stabilometrics, movement coordination, body balancing skills.


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