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Do sensorial manipulations affect subjects differently depending on their postural abilities?
  1. Thierry Paillard1,
  2. Riadh Bizid1,
  3. Philippe Dupui2
  1. 1Department of Sports Science, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Tarbes, Cedex, France
  2. 2School medicine, Université de Toulouse 3, Toulouse, France
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr T Paillard
 Department of Sports Science, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, 6500 Tarbes, France; thierry.paillard{at}univ-pau.fr

Abstract

Objectives: To examine whether sensorial manipulation affects subjects differently according to their postural performance and the strategies used. The literature showed that the level of competition of soccer players influences their postural performance and strategy.

Methods: Eight high-level (HL) professional soccer players and nine regional-level (RL) soccer players were tested (1) in a reference condition and (2) in a manipulated sensorial condition (MAN). The MAN condition consisted of perturbing the proprioceptive and exteroceptive information. For each postural condition, balance was assessed by measuring the centre of foot pressure using a force platform during a test of bipedal standing posture.

Results: The postural control was less perturbed in the HL than in the RL players in the two postural conditions. Moreover, the group–condition interaction showed that the postural control was less disturbed in the HL than in the RL players when the sensory information was manipulated.

Conclusions: The HL soccer players probably possessed a better internal model of verticality than the RL players. Subjects who had a better postural control level were less disturbed by sensorial manipulation than the others in postural regulation.

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Footnotes

  • Published Online First 20 February 2007

  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Informed consent was obtained for publication of figure 1.

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