Revista Egitania Sciencia - ICESP Special Edition | ARTICLE

Title: PREDICTION OF POSTURAL CHANGES IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG FOOTBALLERS BASED ON THE ASSOCIATION LEVEL BETWEEN POSTURAL ASYMMETRIES

Author: Pedro Forte (pedromiguelforte@gmail.com), Tiago M. Barbosa (tiago.barbosa@nie.edu.sg), Jorge E. Morais (morais.jorgestrela@gmail.com), António Reis (areis@ipb.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - ICESP Special Edition

Abstract:
Given the habitual theories explaining postural asymmetries (ascending and descending theories), this study aimed to verify the magnitude and direction of the associations between the typology of postural asymmetries found in children and young footballers. Forty-seven male footballers between the ages of 9 and 16 (13.02 ± 2.51) were evaluated using SAPo posture evaluation software. The Spearmen correlation test was used to verify the possible associations between the typologies of postural asymmetries that were identified. Positive and negative correlations were found between the asymmetries in the lower and upper zones of the body. The asymmetries that had positive correlations were between the ear lobes, the iliac spine, scoliosis of the vertebrae, the medial malleolus, articulation lines of the knee, the inferior angle of the scapula and the median line of the leg. These associations are described for the different modalities with suggestions for controlling the magnitude of bad posture. The existence of an asymmetry can lead to the appearance or disappearance of another.

Keywords: Posture; Asymmetries; Prevalence; Youth; Footballers




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