Date of Award
Master of Arts
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (to 2011)
Dr. Mark Ricard
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Donna Ritenour
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
The purpose of our study was to determine if cross-education occurs through balance training by analyzing muscle onset latency and center of pressure changes. We used a 2 x 2 x 2 repeated measures ANOVA to determine the difference between the independent variables of balance training (before, after), training groups ( control, experimental), and leg (dominant, non-dominant), with the dependent variables of center of pressure and muscle latency. Measurements were taken before and after 5 weeks of balance training on the dominant leg. Sixteen college-age male and female students without a history of ankle instability volunteered for our study. Center of pressure changes during unilateral stance for Yx, Vy, X-median frequency, Y-median frequency and radial area were analyzed using a Kistler force platform. Reflex latency for both the dominant and non-dominant legs was analyzed using an inversion platform. The experimental group significantly improved over time for X-median frequency, 0.99 to 0.77 Hz, and Vx, 251.73 to 217.35 emfs, respectively. There were no significant changes for the variables of Y-median frequency, radial area, or muscle latency. Therefore we concluded five weeks of balance training does not induce a cross-education effect for measures of postural balance or muscle latency in healthy individuals.
Bryant, Tracey, "The Effects of Cross-Education Techniques on Balance" (2004). Master's Theses. 3441.