Comparison of Dynamic-Static Balance Parameters of Elite Ice Hockey Players and Normal Individuals

KARA E., Kara H., Acar M., ERSİN K., Yasak I.

Audiology and Neurotology, vol.27, no.6, pp.478-484, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000526696
  • Journal Name: Audiology and Neurotology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.478-484
  • Keywords: Ice hockey, Balance, Posture stabilization, Computerized dynamic posturography, Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: Our study aimed at stressing the significance of the vestibular system for ice hockey players, meanwhile focusing on the relation between the vestibular system and ice hockey for which balance is a significant factor. Our main aim was to compare the balance parameters of hockey players and normal individuals. Methods: Our experimental group consisted of 37 professional elite ice hockey players, and our control group consisted of 37 young males who have not previously been involved in sports as professionals. Participants had been subject to sensor organization test, adaptation test, weight-bearing/squat, unilateral stance, rhythmic weight-shifting tests of computerized dynamic posturography device. Results: Overall results indicate no significant difference between the control group and ice hockey players in the sensor organization test, which is caused by control group's comprising adolescents with amateur sport involvement. In adaptation test and unilateral stance test, a significant difference was found between experimental and control groups. Discussion/Conclusions: This study determined the dynamic and static balance characteristics of ice hockey players. For this reason, it is useful to test the balance abilities of ice hockey players in static and dynamic conditions to evaluate their performance level. After testing individuals with vestibular problems with dynamic balance tests, appropriate sports exercises can be given to improve dynamic and static balance.