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Clinical methods to quantify trunk mobility in an elite male surfing population
Physical Therapy in Sport
  • James Furness, Bond University
  • Michael Climstein, Bond University
  • Jeremy Sheppard, Edith Cowan University
  • Allan Abbott, Bond University
  • Wayne Hing, Bond University
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Furness, J., Climstein, M., Sheppard, J. M., Abbott, A., & Hing, W. (2016). Clinical methods to quantify trunk mobility in an elite male surfing population. Physical Therapy in Sport, 19, 28-35.

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Thoracic mobility in the sagittal and horizontal planes are key requirements in the sport of surfing; however to date the normal values of these movements have not yet been quantified in a surfing population. Objectives

To develop a reliable method to quantify thoracic mobility in the sagittal plane; to assess the reliability of an existing thoracic rotation method, and quantify thoracic mobility in an elite male surfing population. Design

Clinical Measurement, reliability and comparative study. Methods

A total of 30 subjects were used to determine the reliability component. 15 elite surfers were used as part of a comparative analysis with age and gender matched controls. Results

Intraclass correlation coefficient values ranged between 0.95–0.99 (95% CI; 0.89–0.99) for both thoracic methods. The elite surfing group had significantly (p ≤ 0.05) greater rotation than the comparative group (mean rotation 63.57° versus 40.80°, respectively). Conclusion

This study has illustrated reliable methods to assess the thoracic spine in the sagittal plane and thoracic rotation. It has also quantified ROM in a surfing cohort; identifying thoracic rotation as a key movement. This information may provide clinicians, coaches and athletic trainers with imperative information regarding the importance of maintaining adequate thoracic rotation.

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James Furness, Michael Climstein, Jeremy Sheppard, Allan Abbott, et al.. "Clinical methods to quantify trunk mobility in an elite male surfing population" Physical Therapy in Sport Vol. 19 (2016) p. 28 - 35 ISSN: 1466-853X
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