The impact of fitness level on postural control when standing on a perturbed surface using an instrumented dynamic platform

Alpha Agape Gopalai, S. M.N.Arosha Senanayake

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    A novel method for assessing balance was presented, and is sensitive to changes in the postural control system. The force sensing resistors are the basic sensing element of the instrumented platform. The platform is capable of measuring destabilized and multidirectional postural perturbations. The platform, quantifies the postural control of the subjects by evaluating their weighted center of pressure distribution over time. The objective of this research was to establish the influence of fitness level (lifestyle) on the postural control of subjects, using the novel platform designed. The weighted center of pressure distribution was calculated for both Eye Open and Eye Close conditions on Flat Ground and the Dynamic Platform. Subjects with active lifestyles had their weighted center of pressure distribution concentrated within a small region. However, the distribution region of this parameter for subjects without active lifestyles gradually increased with the degradation in lifestyle, indicative of a poor postural control and weak proprioceptive strength.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventWorld Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) 2010 - Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 1 Aug 20106 Aug 2010
    Conference number: 6th (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameIFMBE Proceedings
    Volume31 IFMBE
    ISSN (Print)1680-0737


    ConferenceWorld Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) 2010
    Abbreviated titleWCB 2010
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    • Force Sensing Platform
    • Perturbed Surface
    • Postural Control
    • Postural Sway
    • Proprioceptive Strength

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