Is there an association between variables of static and dynamic postural control in adolescent athletes with back pain?

  • Edem Korkor Appiah-DwomohEmail author
  • Steffen Müller
  • Frank Mayer
Main Article


An association between static and dynamic postural control exists in adults with back pain. We aimed to determine whether this association also exists in adolescent athletes with the same condition. In all, 128 athletes with and without back pain performed three measurements of 15 s of static (one-legged stance) and dynamic (star excursion balance test) postural control tests. All subjects and a matched subgroup of athletes with and without back pain were analyzed. The smallest center of pressure mediolateral and anterior–posterior displacements (mm) and normalized highest reach distance were the outcome measures. No association was found between variables of the static and dynamic tests for all subjects and the matched group with and without back pain. The control of static and dynamic posture in adolescent athletes with and without back pain might not be related.


Postural control Adolescent athletes Back pain One-legged stance Star excursion balance test 

Gibt es einen Zusammenhang zwischen Variablen der statischen und dynamischen posturalen Kontrolle bei Nachwuchsathleten mit Rückenschmerzen?


Bei Erwachsenen mit Rückenschmerzen besteht ein Zusammenhang zwischen statischer und dynamischer posturaler Kontrolle. Ziel der Studie war es zu untersuchen, ob dieser Zusammenhang auch bei Nachwuchsathleten mit Rückenschmerzen nachweisbar ist. Insgesamt 128 Nachwuchsathleten mit oder ohne Rückenschmerzen führten je 3 Messungen à 15 s eines statischen (einbeiniger Standtest) bzw. dynamischen („star excursion balance test“ [SEBT]) posturalen Kontrolltests durch. In die Auswertung wurden sowohl die gesamte Stichprobe als auch eine gematchte Untergruppe einbezogen. Zielparameter waren der kleinste mediolaterale und anterior-posteriore Schwankungsweg im Einbeinstand (mm) und die normierte maximal erreichte Distanz im SEBT. Es wurden keine Zusammenhänge zwischen Variablen der statischen und dynamischen Tests für alle Studienteilnehmer und der gematchten Untergruppe mit und ohne Rückenschmerzen festgestellt. Obwohl ein Zusammenhang zwischen statischer und dynamischer posturaler Kontrolle angenommen wird, konnte dieser bei Nachwuchsathleten mit oder ohne Rückenschmerzen nicht nachgewiesen werden.


Posturale Kontrolle Nachwuchsathleten Rückenschmerzen Einbeiniger Standtest „Star excursion balance test“ 



The authors thank the athletes, their parents, and staff of the outpatient clinic at the University of Potsdam for the great help during data collection.

Compliance with ethical guidelines

Conflict of interest

E.K. Appiah-Dwomoh, S. Müller and F. Mayer declare that they have no competing interests.

The institution’s ethics committee gave ethical approval and the study was performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments. Participants and their parents or guardians gave written informed consent before data collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sports and Health Sciences, Clinical Exercise Science, University Outpatient ClinicUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science/Therapy ScienceTrier University of Applied ScienceTrierGermany
  3. 3.University Outpatient Clinic PotsdamUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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