Relationship between flexibility and tongue muscle performance in healthy young adults
VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A.
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Fernandez, Jennifer, Khan, Zainab and VanRavenhorst-Bell, Heidi A. Relationship between flexibility and tongue muscle performance in healthy young adults. -- Fyre in STEM Showcase, 2023.
Tongue muscle performance (e.g., tongue strength, tongue endurance) is essential for completing everyday tasks (i.e., swallowing, maintaining upper airway patency) and maintaining good health. Skeletal muscle has been shown to have better functional performance with increased flexibility. Knowing the tip of the tongue is connected to the tip of the toes through a series of connected fascia, tongue muscle performance may be impacted by skeletal muscle flexibility. This study sought to determine whether tongue muscle performance measures differ based on skeletal muscle flexibility measures. Data collection is currently active with an anticipated total of 40 healthy young adults (18+ years of age). Participants will complete one DARI assessment for range of motion analysis of skeletal muscle flexibility, three trials of tongue muscle strength, and one trial of tongue muscle endurance in both the anterior and posterior tongue region. Analyses will include descriptive statistics and a Pearson's Product Correlational Coefficient. All analyses will be set at an ? = 0.05. Based on current literature it is anticipated that tongue muscle performance will have a positive linear relationship with skeletal muscle flexibility. Such findings may suggest the inclusion of skeletal muscle stretching within current lingual therapy practices to promote healthier lingual performance.
Poster and abstract presented at the FYRE in STEM Showcase, 2023.
Research project completed at the Department of Human Performance Studies.