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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Upper Limb Kinematics has an Influence on a Participants Performance on a Stabilometer

A study was conducted investigating skill acquisition of a postural task using a wobbler board. The experimental variables in this study were upper limb kinematics and time. The experimental task was standing on an unstable platform, "the Wobbler," while manipulating a ball through a maze on the platform. The participants maintained an external focus throughout the experiment. Mean and standard deviation were used as calculations for all the trials. The effect of interference upon the acquisition of the balance task was assessed and revealed no significant differences in comparison with the control trials. But, there was a significant difference between how the subject held their upper body limbs. It was concluded that it is better for the participant to hold their upper limbs behind their back while performing the stabilization task.

Presenter: Jennifer Ritter (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physical Education and Sport
Location: 105 Edwards
Time: 10:05 am (Session I)

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