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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2021) 20, 229 - 236   DOI: https://doi.org/10.52082/jssm.2021.229

Research article
Deficits in the Star Excursion Balance Test and Golf Performance in Elite Golfers with Chronic Low Back Pain
Yi-Chien Peng1,2, Chung-Yuan Hsu2,3, Wen-Tzu Tang2, 
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1 Physical Education Office, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan
2 Graduate Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU), Taiwan
3 Division of Chinese Acupuncture and Traumatology, Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoyuan Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Wen-Tzu Tang
‚úČ Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sports University, No 250, Wenhua 1st Rd, Guishan, Taoyuan 33301, Taiwan
Email: wentzutang@gmail.com
Publish Date
Received: 23-09-2020
Accepted: 16-02-2021
Published (online): 08-03-2021
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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether low-handicap elite golfers with chronic low back pain (CLBP) exhibit deficits in dynamic postural control and whether CLBP affects golfers in terms of their golf swing parameters. A total of fifteen Division 1 college golfers were recruited as participants. Of these, six of whom experienced CLBP, while the remaining participants were healthy. In this study, CLBP was defined as experiencing chronic pain symptoms for more than six months. The Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) was administered to examine dynamic posture control in both groups. The TrackMan Golf Launch Monitor Simulator was used to collect data on the performance parameters of the swing of the participants. The results for both feet in the medial, lateral, posterior, posteromedial, and posterolateral directions indicated that the CLBP group scored lower than the control group. However, the CLBP group scored higher for the right foot in the anterolateral direction. The parameters for the club speed and ball carry of the CLBP group were lower than those of the control group. Further, the CLBP group exhibited a more upright swing plane relative to the control group. Taken together, our findings suggest that SEBT may be feasible and highly accessible to assess golf swing performance of elite players with CLBP.

Key words: Dynamic postural control, low-handicap golfer, overuse, swing plane


           Key Points
  • Elite golfers with CLBP exhibit poor performance for both feet in the M, L, P, PM, and PL directions but good performance for the back foot in the AL direction and are thus able to compensate for the influence of CLBP.
  • Regarding swing performance, the CLBP group exhibited unsatisfactory club speed and ball carry. In addition, this group tended to produce a more upright swing plane.
  • Our findings suggest that SEBT may be feasible and highly accessible to assess golf swing performance of elite players with CLBP.
 
 
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