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Trunk sway reductions in young and older adults using multi-modal biofeedback

Davis, Justin R. and Carpenter, Mark G. and Tschanz, Roger and Meyes, Simon and Debrunner, Daniel and Burger, Juergen and Allum, John H. J.. (2010) Trunk sway reductions in young and older adults using multi-modal biofeedback. Gait & posture, Vol. 31, H. 4. pp. 465-472.

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Abstract

This study investigated whether real-time biofeedback of angular trunk displacement could alter balance performance among healthy older and young adults. Healthy community-dwelling older adults (n=32) and healthy young adults (n=32) were included in the randomized control trial study. The intervention group received combined vibrotactile, auditory and visual biofeedback of angular trunk displacement in real-time during training on a battery of static and dynamic balance tasks and during the subsequent post-training balance re-assessment. The control group received balance training and were re-assessed in the absence of real-time biofeedback of their trunk displacement. The 90% range of angular trunk displacement was calculated for each balance task pre- and post-training. Significant age-related differences were observed independent of the intervention. Biofeedback intervention significantly changed the angular displacement of the trunk for both young and older participants on a number of balance tasks compared to control treatment (40-60% reduction in angular displacement). In some cases, biofeedback influenced balance in older adults, but not younger adults.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Spezialf├Ącher (Klinik) > Otorhinolaryngologie > Experimentelle Neurootologie und Audiologie (Allum)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Spezialf├Ącher (Klinik) > Otorhinolaryngologie > Experimentelle Neurootologie und Audiologie (Allum)
UniBasel Contributors:Allum, John H.J.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0966-6362
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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