The effects of a double breast mastectomy on upper body position during simulated horseback riding: a case study

Jennifer Louise Burbage, Alexandra Milligan, Anna Marczyk

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Abstract

The aim of this case study was to investigate the effect of a prophylactic double breast mastectomy on upper body position during simulated horseback riding. One participant (age 41 years; height: 1.8 m; mass 90 kg), an advanced dressage rider, volunteered to be tested pre- and post-surgery (112 days apart). A digital camera (50 Hz) collected kinematic data from the upper body during simulated trotting and cantering. Trunk and elbow angles (°) and vertical displacement (mm) of the hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist were analysed over four stride cycles and compared between the pre- and post-surgery testing sessions. Results suggest that there was greater trunk and elbow extension and a decrease in vertical excursion of the upper body post-surgery, which could affect performance in dressage. This information may aid rehabilitation in horse riders who have undergone breast mastectomy surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-318
JournalISBS - Conference Proceedings Archive
Volume33
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
Event33rd International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports - Poitiers, France
Duration: 29 Jun 20153 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • mastectomy
  • rehabilitation
  • trunk
  • horseriding
  • kinematics

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