Relationships between Balance and Functional Performance in Football Players
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The aim of the present study was to examine the relationships between balance performance as measured by the Balance Error Scoring System and functional performance in football players. Twenty-two football players from University League Final Group in Turkey (age 23.05 +/- 1.65 years, height 176.58 +/- 6.99 cm, weight 68.80 +/- 7.00 kg) volunteered to participate in the study. Postural performance was measured by the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS). For functional performance, standing broad jump, triple-hop, vertical jump, four-line sprint and three-corner run test were used. There was not a statistically significant relationship among the all BESS scores and triple-hop in non-dominant leg, power, four-line sprint, and three-corner run performances (p<0.05). Triple-hop in dominant leg performance correlated with foam surface, tandem leg and total BESS score (r = 0.755, p < 0.01; r = 0.664, p < 0.05; r = 0.713, p< 0.01, respectively). Standing broad jump performance correlated with foam surface, tandem leg and total BESS score (r = 0.737, p < 0.01; r = 0.692, p < 0.05; r = 0.617, p< 0.05, respectively). There was a statistically significant relationship among the single leg BESS score and vertical jumping performance (r = -0.596, p<0.05). In conclusion, the activities requiring explosive power may reflect the ability of managing a balanced posture but the activities in which time period is longer may not.