The Relationship between Balance and Agility in Collegiate Athletes

Brian Sibenaller, Mike A Martino, Kelly Massey, Scott Butler


Sports require many different tasks or abilities to perform movements effectively. A few of those abilities include strength, power, balance, flexibility, and agility. There have been many studies conducted to observe if the abilities play an active role in helping or improving performance in other abilities. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between balance and agility amongst collegiate athletes.  Forty-four athletes from a Division II collegiate athletic program were examined in this study. Two testing batteries were administered: one for agility and one for balance.  The agility assessment consisted of the T-Test (TT), Edgren Side Step Test (ESST), and a 30-m Zig-Zag drill (ZZD).  To assess balance, a series of 11 tests were performed on a Neurocom Balance Master (NBM) force platform. The agility battery did not strongly correlate to any of the 11 balance tests. Correlations ranged from r =0.001 to r =0.45. The agility intracorrelations ranged from r =0.36 to r =0.96.  The results of this study indicate that specific measures of static and dynamic balance and agility are not strongly related in a sample of young, healthy collegiate athletes.


Balance; Agility; Change of Direction; Center of Gravity; Neurocom


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