Joshua Pacifico A. Bulado,
Dorothy Jane V. Cediño,
Kasey Kamille G. Flores,
Bonita Shadanelle B. Liu,
Nezzel Joy L. Opada,
Marlouise C. Pachorro,
King Arthur T. Ricafort,
Julian Sebastian T. Teves
Long boarders are commonly at high risk for fall related injuries which are capable of causing severe harm and sometimes long term handicaps and fatalities. Most of the population in this community involve teenagers aging from as early as 13 years old to 30 years old. Excellent balance is greatly needed among long boarders in order to reduce minor and major injuries. The purpose of this research is to prove the possibility of improving this skill and balance through proprioceptive balance training since currently, there is no enough evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of this balance training. There may be some journals and related studies regarding proprioceptive balance training reducing the risk of falls, but they are not enough to fully support the claim. So, we felt the need to conduct our own stud regarding this matter to also help long boarders.
This experimental research consists of 50 long boarders who were randomly assigned to either control group (n= 25) or experimental group (n= 25). Both pre -test and post-test wee done at West Balabag, Valencia, Negros Oriental, balance training was done at Angelo King, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. The control group were given ROM and strengthening exercises while the experimental group were given proprioceptive balance training. this was done 3 times a week for a month. Number of falls during pre- test an post- test were recorded and compared. two-sample t-test and Paired t-test were used to determine results of this study. Two-sample t-test were used to compute the average number of falls during the pretest and posttest between the control and experimental groups while Paired t-test was used to compute for the average of the number of falls during the pretest and posttest within the control and experimental groups.
After one month of proprioceptive balance training, the post test was done and the study has shown a significant improvement with the number of falls incurred by the experimental group as opposed to the control group which had not done any proprioceptive balance training. During the pretest and posttest of the control group, results revealed that there is no significant difference in the number of falls from pretest to posttest wherin it showed a p-value of 0.13326, while the pretest and posttest of the experimental group has a p-value of 0.00145 which means that the number of falls in the Pretest significantly decreases in the Posttest. Moreover, when comparing results of pretests between the control and experimental group where compared, it showed that there is significant difference in the number of falls between the two groups with a p-value of 0.0032
The findings presented positive effects on proprioceptive balance training in which lesser falls were observed to the experimental group during posttest. The control group has not shown any significant improvements throughout the study. Proprioceptive balance training has a significant impact on lowering the risk of falls for the Long boarders and can indeed be used to further improve their Long boarding skills.
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