Date of this Version

5-2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Furness, J., Climstein, M., Sheppard, J. M., Abbott, A., & Hing, W. (2016). Clinical methods to quantify trunk mobility in an elite male surfing population. Physical Therapy in Sport, 19, 28-35.

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1466-853X

Abstract

Background

Thoracic mobility in the sagittal and horizontal planes are key requirements in the sport of surfing; however to date the normal values of these movements have not yet been quantified in a surfing population.

Objectives

To develop a reliable method to quantify thoracic mobility in the sagittal plane; to assess the reliability of an existing thoracic rotation method, and quantify thoracic mobility in an elite male surfing population.

Design

Clinical Measurement, reliability and comparative study.

Methods

A total of 30 subjects were used to determine the reliability component. 15 elite surfers were used as part of a comparative analysis with age and gender matched controls.

Results

Intraclass correlation coefficient values ranged between 0.95–0.99 (95% CI; 0.89–0.99) for both thoracic methods. The elite surfing group had significantly (p ≤ 0.05) greater rotation than the comparative group (mean rotation 63.57° versus 40.80°, respectively).

Conclusion

This study has illustrated reliable methods to assess the thoracic spine in the sagittal plane and thoracic rotation. It has also quantified ROM in a surfing cohort; identifying thoracic rotation as a key movement. This information may provide clinicians, coaches and athletic trainers with imperative information regarding the importance of maintaining adequate thoracic rotation.

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