Perceived task complexity of trunk stability exercises
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Background: Perceived task complexity can impact participation in an exercise programme and the level of skill acquisition resulting from participation. Although trunk stability exercises are commonly included in the management of people with low back pain, potential differences in perceived task complexity between those exercises have not been investigated previously. Objective: To investigate the perceived task complexity following first time instruction of two common stability exercises: the abdominal brace and abdominal hollow. Design: Cross-sectional. Methods: Twenty-four naïve healthy participants received instruction in the performance of an abdominal brace and an abdominal hollow with feedback. Participants rated their perceived task complexity (mental, physical, and temporal demand, performance, effort, frustration) for each exercise on the NASA-Task Load Index. Results: The abdominal hollow was associated with higher perceived mental demand than the abdominal brace (p ¼ 0.01), and required more time to learn (p < 0.01). The abdominal brace was associated with greater mental demand and frustration when performed after the abdominal hollow than before. Conclusions: This study has provided the first evidence for differences in perceived task complexity between two commonly used trunk stability exercises. Those differences in perceived task complexity may influence the selection of exercises intended to enhance the robustness of spinal stability.
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified