Gender Differences in Static and Dynamic Postural Stability of Soldiers in the Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Journal Article (Journal Article)
CONTEXT: Postural stability is essential for injury prevention and performance. Differences between genders may affect training focus. OBJECTIVE: To examine static and dynamic postural stability in male and female soldiers. DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study. SETTING: Biomechanics laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: 25 healthy female soldiers (26.4 ± 5.3 y) and 25 healthy male soldiers (26.4 ± 4.9 y) matched on physical demand rating and years of service from the Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). INTERVENTIONS: Each person underwent static and dynamic postural stability testing. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Standard deviation of the ground reaction forces during static postural stability and the dynamic stability index for dynamic postural stability. RESULTS: Female soldiers had significantly better static postural stability than males but no differences were observed in dynamic postural stability. CONCLUSIONS: Postural stability is important for injury prevention, performance optimization, and tactical training. The differences observed in the current study may indicate the need for gender-specific training emphasis on postural stability.
- Sell, TC; Lovalekar, MT; Nagai, T; Wirt, MD; Abt, JP; Lephart, SM
- March 1, 2018
Volume / Issue
- 27 / 2
Start / End Page
- 126 - 131
Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States