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Influence of 8-Week Horseback Riding Activity on Balance and Pelvic Movements in an Older Adult Population.

Authors
  • Severyn, Anne M H1
  • Luzum, Nathan R1
  • Vernon, Kristine L2
  • Van Puymbroeck, Marieke3
  • DesJardins, John D1
  • 1 Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC,USA.
  • 2 Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC,USA.
  • 3 Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC,USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging and physical activity
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
30
Issue
5
Pages
906–915
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1123/japa.2021-0237
PMID: 35130516
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The biomechanical relationship between horse and rider in equine-assisted activities and therapies has been largely unexplored. The three-dimensional stimulation of the horse's gait has potential to improve rider musculature and coordination, especially in an older adult population. This study utilized dual-axis goniometers and video motion capture tracking to simultaneously track horse and rider hip flexion and extension. Ten older adult riders participated in 8 weeks of horseback riding lessons, where pelvis kinematics and balance assessments were compared between Weeks 1 and 8. Pelvic roll of the rider and horses' hip flexion and extension were successfully tracked and summed improvements in balance assessments were also evident after 8 weeks of horseback riding lessons. Future research will assess deeper kinematic relationships between a horse's gait and rider biomechanical responses.

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