Balance Ability and Athletic Performance

  title={Balance Ability and Athletic Performance},
  author={Con Hrysomallis},
  journal={Sports Medicine},
The relationship between balance ability and sport injury risk has been established in many cases, but the relationship between balance ability and athletic performance is less clear. [] Key Result Balance ability was shown to be significantly related to rifle shooting accuracy, archery shooting accuracy, ice hockey maximum skating speed and simulated luge start speed, but not for baseball pitching accuracy or snowboarding ranking points. Prospective studies have shown that the addition of a balance training…
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A Comparison of Postural Stability in Gymnasts, Volleyball Players, and Non-Athletes
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The Relationship between Dynamic Balance Ability and Low Limb Isokinetic Muscle Function of Elite Judo Athletes
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Comparison of standing balance between female collegiate dancers and soccer players.
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Dynamic Balance in High Level Athletes
  • C. Davlin
  • Psychology, Education
    Perceptual and motor skills
  • 2004
Investigation of dynamic balance performance in highly skilled athletes at the collegiate Division I, professional, elite, or Olympic levels indicated that athletes were superior to nonathletes in balance performance.
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The Relationship Between Balance and Pitching Error in College Baseball Pitchers
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Physiological Correlates of Golf Performance
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