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Effects of kettlebell training on postural coordination and jump performance: A randomized controlled trial

Tidsskriftartikel - 2013


The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a worksite intervention using kettlebell training to improve postural reactions to perturbation and jump performance.This single-blind randomized controlled trial involved 40 adults (n=40) from occupations with a high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and discomfort (mean age 44 years, body mass index 23 kg/m2, 85% women). A blinded examiner took measures at baseline and follow-up. Participants were randomly assigned to a training group - doing kettlebell swings three times a week for 8 weeks - or to a control group. The outcome measures were postural reactions to sudden perturbation and maximal countermovement jump height.Compared to the control group, the training group significant decreased stopping time following perturbation (-109ms, 95% CI [-196:-21]). Jump height increased significantly in the training group (1.5cm, 95% CI [0.5:2.5]), but this was non-significantly different from control.Kettlebell training improves postural reactions to sudden perturbation. Future studies should investigate whether kettlebell training can reduce the risk of low-back injury in occupations with manual material handling or patient handling where sudden perturbations often occur.


Jay K, Jakobsen MD, Sundstrup EH, Skotte JH, Jørgensen MB, Andersen CH, Pedersen M, Andersen LL. Effects of kettlebell training on postural coordination and jump performance: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2013;27(5):1202-1209.
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318267a1aa

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