Assessment of balance and cognitive function in youth gymnasts

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Epps, Elizabeth J.
Staab, Carina A.
Patterson, Jeremy A.
Parham, Douglas F.

Elizabeth J. Epps, Carina Staab. (2012). Assessment of Balance and Cognitive Function in Youth Gymnasts. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.72-73


International recruitment of female gymnast identifies children from the age of 4 years old. This study focuses on measuring components of gymnastics, using validated equipment to assess balance, reaction time, and working memory of level 4-5 gymnasts. 16 competitive female gymnasts (6-13 year-olds) were recruited. Single leg and Tandem Balance Test measured sway and stability while holding an iPod. Reaction time and memory was measured through a sequence of screens asking the subject to touch a point on the iPod as fast as possible and memorize a list of words, then tested recall of the word list. Results suggested no significance between trials 1, 2, and 3 on balance, reaction time and working memory.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Departments of Exercise Science and Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education and the College of Health Professions