Body posture in children practicing handball

Katarzyna Michalak, Natalia Dobrowolska, Sławomir Motylewski, Elżbieta Poziomska-Piątkowska

Katarzyna Michalak, Natalia Dobrowolska, Sławomir Motylewski, Elżbieta Poziomska-Piątkowska – Body posture in children practicing handball. Fizjoterapia Polska 2018; 18(3); 30-35

Abstract
Purpose. The purpose of the study was to establish the influence of practicing handball on body posture of children and to determine any possible asymmetry connected with regular training of this discipline.
Material and methods. The study was conducted among 40 12-year-old children (15 girls and 25 boys) training handball in Students Sport Club Anilana, Sobolowa 1 street, Lodz for at least 3 years. Children undergone body posture assessment according to Kasperczyk’s Point Method.
Results. In the studied group no significant deviations from correct posture were found in terms of head, shoulders, shoulders, chest, abdomen, lumbar lordosis, spine alignment and knees. Only one of the studied children presented significant change in the alignment of thoracic kyphosis and three – in the alignment of foot.
Conclusions. Training handball for at least 3 years enabled to maintain and fix correct body posture among 12-year-olds and did not cause any significant postural asymmetry.

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Key words:
body posture, sports training, adolescents