Investigating the Effect of Light Reaction Exercises on Agility-Quickness and Reaction Time of the U-20 Football Players

Mehmet Onur VURMAZ, Bergun MERIC BINGUL, Master Stud.

Kocaeli University, Faculty of Sport Science Assoc.Prof.Dr.,Kocaeli University, Faculty of Sport Science

The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of light reaction exercises on agility-quickness and reaction time
of the U-20 Eootball Players. 20 male football players from the YeniMalatyaspor participated in this study voluntarily. T-test for agility-quickness, foot reaction test with Light-Trainer device for foot reaction speed were done before and after trainings. While the control group continued with the standard training, the exercise group performed the standard training exercises with Light-Trainer device for eight weeks. According to the results, The exercise group improved statistically (p<0.05). İt was observed that the exercises performed with Light Trainer device had positive effects on agility-quickness and reaction speed over U-20 football players and improved their features. It was thought that such education would be very useful in the cognitive training of young athletes.
Key words: Light-Trainer, agility-quickness, reaction.

Effects of Reaction Time Exercises on Physical Competency, Cognitive Ability and Fall Risk on Geriatric Individuals

Birgül Elmas OKTAR, Physical Therapist

İstanbul Üsküdar University, Health Sciences Institute, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of reaction time exercises on functional independence, cognitive function, quality of life and fall risk in geriatric individuals.

40 geriatric individuals were included in our study, and age, gender, educational status, allergy status, chronic disease status and regular drug use were questioned before the treatment protocol was applied. Subsequently, the Functional Independence Scale (FIS), Mini Mental State Test (MMST), One-Foot Standing Test (OFST), Quality of Life (SF-36), Morse Fall Scale (MFS) parameters were applied and the complex reaction time of the upper and lower extremities was measured and recorded. Then, 3 days a week for 6 weeks with the Light trainer device; Reaction time exercises were performed on the upper extremity for 5 minutes, the lower extremity for 5 minutes, and both the upper and lower extremities in 5 minutes, and then the test parameters were measured and recorded again.

When the results were evaluated, improvement was observed in the post-treatment values of all parameters, and a statistically significant relationship (p <0.05) was found between pre-treatment and post-treatment results.

The results are supported by the literature and in line with the results, it is concluded that the 6-week reaction time exercise program increases the level of functional independence, quality of life and cognitive function and reduces the risk of falling in geriatric individuals. Thus, it has been shown that reaction time exercises can be used clinically by adding them to the rehabilitation protocols of geriatric individuals.

Keywords: Geriatrics, independence, instruction time practices