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Effect of the Power Balance® Band on Static Balance, Hamstring Flexibility, and Arm Strength in Adults

Verdan, Princess J.R.; Marzilli, Thomas S.; Barna, Geanina I.; Roquemore, Anntionette N.; Fenter, Brad A.; Blujus, Brittany; Gosselin, Kevin P.

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: August 2012 - Volume 26 - Issue 8 - p 2113–2118
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31823a43ce
Original Research

Abstract: Verdan, PJR, Marzilli, TS, Barna, GI, Roquemore, AN, Fenter, BA, Blujus, B, and Gosselin, KP. Effect of the Power Balance® band on static balance, hamstring flexibility, and arm strength in adults. J Strength Cond Res 26(8): 2113–2118, 2012—The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of Power Balance® bands on strength, flexibility, and balance. Strength and flexibility were measured using the MicroFit system. Strength was measured via a bicep curl and flexibility via the sit-and-reach method. Balance was measured by the BIODEX System SD. There were 4 different conditions for the balance test: eyes open on a firm surface (EOFS), eyes closed on a firm surface (ECFS), eyes open on a foam surface (EOFoS), and eyes closed on a foam surface (ECFoS). There were 24 subjects in the study (10 men and 14 women). A counterbalance, double-blind, placebo, controlled within-subject design was used. Each of the subjects participated in 3 treatment sessions, consisting of Power Balance®, placebo band, and no band. An alpha level of p ≤ 0.05 was set a priori. There were no significant differences in strength, flexibility, or balance with regard to the treatments used. There was a significant difference between the conditions in the balance test (p = 0.000): EOFS (0.51), ECFS (0.68), EOFoS (0.99), and ECFoS (2.18); however, these were independent of the treatment conditions. The results indicate that the Power Balance® bands did not have an effect on strength, flexibility, or balance.

Department of Health and Kinesiology, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas

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