Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

FORMETRIC MEASUREMENT OF POSTURE AND SPINAL ALIGNMENT FOR SOUTH SULAWESI NATIONAL ATHLETES

Author

Bustan, M.N

Institution

School of Sport Science, Makassar State University

Abstract

Objectives: Posture and spine misalignment could influence the athlete’s performance. The purpose of study was to identify the posture imbalance and spine misalignment among South Sulawesi national athletes.

Methods: This study selected and measured thirty two athletes for posture and spine alignment by using Formetric Dier Famus. Trunk imbalance, lateral deviation, kyphotic angle, lordotic angle parameters were used to diagnose posture and spine imbalance. Posture imbalance defined by parameter trunk imbalance equals or more than 18 mm. Scoliosis was measured by lateral deviation equals or more than 6 mm. Kyphosis was based on kyphotic angle equals or more than 51 mm. Hyperlordosis was defined by lordotic angle equals or more than 43 mm.

Results: This study indicated trunk imbalance for four athletes (µ=9,59 mm, SD 8,68), scoliosis 14 athletes (µ=5,56 mm, SD 3,26), kyphosis 6 athletes (µ=43 mm, SD 8,09) and hyperlordosis seven athletes (µ=36,47 mm, SD 8,85).

Conclusion: The study found posture imbalance and spine misalignment among South Sulawesi national athletes. These imbalances could disturb their performance and competitiveness. Therefore, they need a particular exercise therapy. The future study should address the effect of misalignment to the athlete’s performance.