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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Ann Williams, PhD, PT


The purpose of this study was to determine if sculling in a United States Rowing Association sanctioned program for eight weeks would change novice scullers' standing center of balance and standing posture. Eighteen subjects participated in the center of balance portion of the study, and twelve of those eighteen participated in the balance portion of the study, and twelve of those eighteen participated in the postural alignment analysis. Average age of the subjects was 16.2 years, with a range of 15 to 20 years of age. Although statistically significant differences were found for lateral center of balance, the change was too small to be considered clinically significant. Forward head postural alignment changes improved an average of 4.25o, which was statistically significant (p < .05). No statistically significant differences were found in hip and knee positions, or in anterior-posterior center of balance changes. Thus, sculling may be a viable augmentation to a physical therapy treatment program to reduce forward head postural faults.


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