The Effect of Thoracic Manipulation on Upper Body Stability in Basketball Athletes

May 8, 2024 updated by: hazal genc, Istanbul Medipol University Hospital
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Study Overview

Detailed Description

The aim of our study was to see the effects of thoracic manipulation on upper body balance in addition to exercise programs of athletes.

Study Type


Enrollment (Estimated)



  • Not Applicable

Contacts and Locations

This section provides the contact details for those conducting the study, and information on where this study is being conducted.

Study Contact

Study Locations

      • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Recruiting
        • Bahçehir University
        • Contact:

Participation Criteria

Researchers look for people who fit a certain description, called eligibility criteria. Some examples of these criteria are a person's general health condition or prior treatments.

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study

  • Child
  • Adult

Accepts Healthy Volunteers



Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male individuals aged 14-19 years
  • Being a basketball athlete
  • Regular participation in training

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known neurological disorder
  • Serious orthopedic conditions that prevent exercise
  • Cognitive impairment

Study Plan

This section provides details of the study plan, including how the study is designed and what the study is measuring.

How is the study designed?

Design Details

  • Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Interventional Model: Parallel Assignment
  • Masking: Single

Arms and Interventions

Participant Group / Arm
Intervention / Treatment
Experimental: Thoracic manipulation and exercise program
The group received exercises and manipulation with physiotherapist follow-up for eight weeks and thoracic manipulation was performed once a week.
Active Comparator: exercise program
The group received exercise

What is the study measuring?

Primary Outcome Measures

Outcome Measure
Measure Description
Time Frame
Upper Quarter Y Balance Test
Time Frame: 8 weeks
A test that quantitatively analyzes an athlete's ability to reach with the free hand while maintaining weight bearing on the contralateral upper extremity. To perform the test, the athlete is asked to reach medially, inferolaterally and superolaterally with the free hand and continue weight bearing in the standard position with the standing hand.
8 weeks
90 Degree Push Up Test:
Time Frame: 8 weeks
The 90° Push Up test is used as a measure of arm and shoulder strength and endurance. Several different forms of 90º push-up tests are used in physical fitness testing. In the past, 90º push-up tests for men were performed with toes and hands on the floor (full body push-up test).
8 weeks
Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Stability Test:
Time Frame: 8 weeks
From the starting position they are asked to reach across their body using one hand and touch the piece of tape lying under the opposite hand. After touching the tape line, the hand returns to the original starting position. Then they do the same with the other hand. Touches are counted each time the hand reaches across the person's body and touches the tape. The total duration of the test is 15 seconds.
8 weeks
Polar H10:
Time Frame: 8 weeks
Polar H10:is a heart rate sensor manufactured by Polar. This sensor helps athletes to accurately measure their heart rate during training.
8 weeks
Sorensen Test:
Time Frame: 8 weeks
The lower body is secured to the table with three straps around the pelvis, knees and ankles respectively. The arms are folded across the chest while the patient is instructed to hold the upper body isometrically in a horizontal position. The time the patient holds the upper body straight and horizontal is recorded. If the test is performed for 240 seconds without problems, it is stopped.
8 weeks

Collaborators and Investigators

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Study record dates

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Study Major Dates

Study Start (Actual)

April 17, 2024

Primary Completion (Estimated)

June 17, 2024

Study Completion (Estimated)

June 17, 2024

Study Registration Dates

First Submitted

May 8, 2024

First Submitted That Met QC Criteria

May 8, 2024

First Posted (Actual)

May 13, 2024

Study Record Updates

Last Update Posted (Actual)

May 13, 2024

Last Update Submitted That Met QC Criteria

May 8, 2024

Last Verified

May 1, 2024

More Information

Terms related to this study

Additional Relevant MeSH Terms

Other Study ID Numbers

  • Basketball Athletes

Plan for Individual participant data (IPD)

Plan to Share Individual Participant Data (IPD)?


Drug and device information, study documents

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated drug product


Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated device product


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