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Physiotherapy Quarterly formerly Fizjoterapia
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1/2019
vol. 27
 
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Comparison of balance in seated and non-seated employees of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

Fatemeh Jabarifard, Mahbobeh Samani, Farahnaz Ghafarinejad, Soraya Pirouzi, Javad Rasouli

Online publish date: 2019/03/25
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Introduction
Developments in modern technology in occupational settings have resulted in prolonged sitting at the workplace. Prolonged sedentarism may cause musculoskeletal complications and impaired balance. The present study aimed to evaluate balance in employees working in a seated position for more than half of their working day compared with employees working in a non-seated position.

Methods
Overall, 100 employees entered the study and were divided into the seated (n = 50) and non-seated (n = 50) groups. The star excursion balance test was used to measure dynamic balance in the lower extremities. Independent t-tests were applied for between-group comparisons.

Results
The star excursion balance test scores were significantly lower in the seated position group compared with the non-seated position group.

Conclusions
We conclude that dynamic stability is lower in employees working in a seated position compared with their non-seated counterparts.

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seated position, core muscles, balance, star excursion balance test, non-seated position

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