The Efficacy of Dance Pad Training on Motor Coordination in Non-Athletic Healthy Young Adults

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A multivariable training has a positive impact on motor coordination skills and risk of injury. To date the effect of this training using the dance pad game in healthy non-athletic young adults has not yet been investigated. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether training with the dance pad game can improve motor coordination skills in non-athletic healthy young adults. METHOD: Thirty participants (15 males, 15 females) were included in the trial. The participant’s ages are from 18 to 24 years old, they were randomized into a control group and an intervention group. The intervention group (n=20) were subjected to DANCE PAD TRAINING after a warm up program, where as the control group (n=10) were not subjected to any type of training. The participants of both the control and the experimental group had undergone measurements of MOTOR COORDINATION using HUBER LPG machine at two instances, they performed the test at 3 conditions: Right unilateral stance, left unilateral stance and bilateral stance with eyes open as well as the star excursion motor coordination test before and after the intervention. For the control group, motor coordination was measured two times separated by 20 minutes of resting and for the intervention group, MOTOR COORDINATION was measured pre and post the DANCE PAD TRAINING, where DANCE PAD TRAINING was applied for 20 minutes consisting of 20 levels (every 5 level of training, there’s 1 minute of resting). RESULTS: study’s result in the experimental group highlighted that there was strong significant improvement in the motor coordination score after 20 minutes dance pad training in each of right unilateral testing (p=0.00<0.01), left unilateral testing (p=0.00<0.01) and bilateral testing (p=0.008<0.01) Whereas in the control group (without training) there was no significant improvement in the motor coordination score in each of right unilateral testing (p=0.678>0.05), left unilateral testing (p=0.842 >0.05) and bilateral testing (p=0.225<0.05) Conclusion: at the end of this study it can be deducted that 20 minutes training on dance pad gives immediate effects on bilateral, right and left unilateral motor coordination score. The motor coordination score increased significantly for the experimental group from pre-test to post-test in the three conditions, however the scores in the control group didn’t increase that was statistically significant. The use of the Dance Pad Game should be further investigated by employing individual difficulty levels.

Student(s)

Rabii Seddiq- Tarek Sharanek- Malak Abbassi- Socrat Mezher

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Rami Abbas