The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a resistive tubing kick training protocol on postural sway in uninjured collegiate wrestlers. An experimental group (n = 10) performed a progressive resistive tubing kick training protocol three times per week for 6 weeks. A control group (n = 9) performed no resistive tubing training during the 6 weeks. Postural sway (stability index) was assessed before and after the 6-week training period. ANOVAs demonstrated no significant interactions, although significant main effects were found for group and eye condition. The experimental group demonstrated less postural sway than the control group regardless of training, and postural sway was greater with the eyes closed than with the eyes open. Resistive tubing kick training does not significantly improve postural sway in healthy collegiate wrestlers. Further research should examine the potential benefits of proprioceptive training using a greater intensity of training and/or using subjects who have a greater potential for improvement.
Andrew G. Baker is with HealthSouth Sports Medicine in Roseville, MN, and was a master's student at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, at the time of this study. William G. Webright is a doctoral candidate in sports medicine at the University of Virginia. David H. Perrin is with the Department of Human Services, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Direct correspondence to David H. Perrin, University of Virginia, Memorial Gymnasium, Charlottesville, VA 22903.