Using the Swiss ball versus peanut ball to assess the back extensors endurance among healthy collegiate physical therapy students at Taibah University
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Spinal extensors endurance is a vital and fundamental pillar for the general endurance. Good endurance helps in injury prevention, and improves efficiency in all physical activities across different ages. Endurance testing of back extensors has been extensively examined in literature but there are many criticisms to the suitability and the practicality of the commonly used tests.The purpose of this study was to compare the endurance ability of the trunk extensors on the Swiss ball and on the peanut ball. Thirty five physical therapy students, aged between 18 and 22 years, were recruited from college of medical rehabilitation to participate in the study. The physical therapist demonstrated the activity to the participants. Every participant had to lie down over the gym ball and the peanut ball and arch the trunk backwards as long as tolerated. The order of measurement was counterbalanced. The mean score, in minutes, on the gym ball was 2.00 (SD=0.93), and the mean on the peanut ball was 2.48(SD=0.87). A significant increase in endurance holding time from gym ball to peanut ball was found [ t (34)= -3.43, p <0.005]. Clinicians can incorporate different shapes of gym balls for clinical progression in their rehabilitation program. The peanut ball is an accessible and easy tool to start with for back extensors assessment and training.