RingFit vs. Traditional Exercises: Which Is More Effective To Prevent Future Injuries?
Level of Education of Students Involved
The purpose of this study was to measure and compare joint angles for traditional and RingFit exercises. It is key to have proper form during exercises to prevent future injuries. The joint angles measured were range of motion of the hips for jogging, squats, and planks, the minimum knee angle during hip bridges, flexion of the front knee and hip adduction/abduction during warrior pose, and knee angle during chair pose. The joint angles allow for analysis of quantitative differences in form measured between traditional and RingFit exercises. The study included six subjects of varying athletic ability, consisting of three males and three females. Each participant was measured in the Xsens sensor suit and calibrated to their specific measurements, including overall height, shoulder and hip width, and wingspan. They then completed two exercise circuits, one being traditional, and the other being non-traditional. Then statistical analysis was used to determine whether the angles were significantly different between traditional and RingFit. The results show the similarities between traditional and RingFit exercises, but the smaller range of motion demonstrated by the traditional exercises decreases the ability for the person to get injured in these specific exercises. However, in future injury prevention, a larger range of motion demonstrated by the RingFit exercises would be beneficial to those who are doing other physical activities outside of these isolated movements.
Heinz, Danielle; Schmidt, Allison; and Middleton, Abby, "RingFit vs. Traditional Exercises: Which Is More Effective To Prevent Future Injuries?" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1208.