Relationships Between Strength, Flexibility and Field Tests of Upper Extremity in Healthy Individuals
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey
Keywords: Muscle strength, balance, flexibility
Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between strength, flexibility, and field tests of upper extremity in healthy individuals.
Materials and Methods: Fifty healthy individuals (25 women, 25 men) volunteered in the study. The physical and clinical characteristics of the participants were questioned using an evaluation form. Muscle strength was measured using a hand dynamometer. Flexibility was measured with a tape. The Y balance test (YBT) and medicine ball throwing were used as upper extremity field tests. Pearson and Spearman correlation analyzes were used to determine the relationship between the parameters.
Results: There was a moderate correlation between medicine ball throwing and YBT total scores (r=0.507, p<0.01). It was revealed that strength and flexibility of the upper extremity were related to YBT scores (p<0.01 and p<0.05, respectively).
Conclusions: For healthy individuals, there are relations between strength, flexibility and field tests. Increased strength and reduced flexibility for the upper extremity increases physical performance and balance.
Cite this article as: Buke M, Unver F, Kabul EG. Relationships between strength, flexibility, and field tests of upper extremity in healthy individuals. Turk J Sports Med. 2019;54(2):117-23.