Biomechanical response of the upper body during prostration in salat and the child's pose: a preliminary study

Ibrahim, F. and Ahmad, S.A. and Woo, P.J. and Wan, W.A.B.A. (2012) Biomechanical response of the upper body during prostration in salat and the child's pose: a preliminary study. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 24 (10). pp. 1021-1024. ISSN 0915-5287, DOI

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Purpose Salat is the prayer practiced by Muslims and it involves several physical motions, namely standing, bowing and prostrating, which can be considered as a form of slow moderate exercise. The purpose of this research was to investigate the activities of the upper body muscles and the body composition during Salat's prostration and the child's pose. Subjects Eight healthy male and female university students were recruited for this study. Methods The body composition of each subject was first measured. The subjects were then asked to perform Salat's prostration motion followed by the child's pose posture. Electromyographic (EMG) signals were recorded from the biceps brachii, triceps brachii, scapula muscle, and pectoralis major muscles. The signals were converted to root mean square values. The Mann-Whitney U non-parametric test was conducted to investigate the significance of differences in EMG mean values and body composition in both postures. Results The findings show that all the muscles were activated in both postures with the triceps brachii recording the highest value. For the triceps brachii, the prostration posture gave higher values. However, no significant difference was found in the body composition. Conclusion The prostration posture produces musculoskeletal effects similar to the child's pose.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 168CP Times Cited:2 Cited References Count:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Salat, prostration, child's pose, physical-exercise
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 01:21
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 05:58

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