Influence of 8-Week Horseback Riding Activity on Balance and Pelvic Movements in an Older Adult Population.
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC,USA.
Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC,USA.
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC,USA.
- Published Article
Journal of aging and physical activity
- Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
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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