Sport-specific balance ability in Taekwondo practitioners

Shirley Siu Ming Fong, Candy Ka Yan Cheung, Janice Yan Ip, Joe Ho Nam Chiu, Karen Lok Heng Lam, Wai Nam Tsang

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Fong SSM, Cheung CKY, Ip JY, Chiu JHN, Lam KLH, Tsang WWN. Sport-specific balance ability in Taekwondo practitioners. J. Hum. Sport Exerc. Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 520-526, 2012. Taekwondo is a combat sport emphasizing on kicking techniques and dynamic footwork. Specialized balance ability is crucial for Taekwondo practitioners. This study aimed to compare (1) the postural stability during turning, and (2) the forward lunge distance between adolescent TKD practitioners and non-practitioners. Nineteen TKD practitioners (12 males, 7 females; Mean age ± SD: 15.58 ± 1.07 years) and nineteen control participants (13 males, 6 females; Mean age ± SD: 16.21 ± 0.98 years) were recruited in the study. Balance performance was assessed by the Forward Lunge Test and Step/Quick Turn Test with the NeuroCom Balance Master system. Forward lunge distance, turn time and turn sway were measured. TKD practitioners were found to turn faster by 35.37% (p=0.004) and sway less during turning by 15.23% (p=0.034) than non-practitioners. The forward lunge distance in TKD practitioners was 5.67% shorter than that in control participants (p=0.046). This study shows that TKD practitioners might have sport-specific balance ability. The findings of this study inspire the exploration of the longitudinal training effect of TKD so as to develop the evidence base for this exercise option to improve the postural control of adolescents with balance problems. University of Alicante.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-526
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Human Sport and Exercise
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2012


  • Forward lunge
  • Martial art
  • Postural control
  • Turning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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