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Effects of Kettlebell Training on Postural Coordination and Jump Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Jay, Kenneth1; Jakobsen, Markus D.1; Sundstrup, Emil1; Skotte, Jørgen H.1; Jørgensen, Marie B.1; Andersen, Christoffer H.1; Pedersen, Mogens T.2; Andersen, Lars L.1

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: May 2013 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 1202–1209
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318267a1aa
Original Research

Abstract: Jay, K, Jakobsen, MD, Sundstrup, E, Skotte, JH, Jørgensen, MB, Andersen, CH, Pedersen, MT, and Andersen, LL. Effects of kettlebell training on postural coordination and jump performance: A randomized controlled trial. J Strength Cond Res 27(5): 1202–1209, 2013—The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a worksite intervention using kettlebell training to improve postural reactions to perturbation and jump performance. This single-blind randomized controlled trial involved 40 adults (n = 40) from occupations with a high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and discomfort (mean age 44 years, body mass index 23 kg·m−2, 85% women). A blinded examiner took measures at baseline and follow-up. Participants were randomly assigned to a training group—doing kettlebell swings 3 times a week for 8 weeks—or to a control group. The outcome measures were postural reactions to sudden perturbation and maximal countermovement jump height. Compared with the control group, the training group had a significant decreased stopping time after perturbation (−109 ms, 95% confidence interval [−196 to −21]). Jump height increased significantly in the training group (1.5 cm, 95% confidence interval [0.5 to 2.5]), but this was nonsignificantly different from control. Kettlebell training improves postural reactions to sudden perturbation. Future studies should investigate whether kettlebell training can reduce the risk of low back injury in occupations with manual material handling or patient handling where sudden perturbations often occur.

1National Research Center for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

2Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Address correspondence to Kenneth Jay,

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