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ISSN: 2165-7025

Journal of Novel Physiotherapies
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How Does Physical Activity Impact Postural Stability?

Kathleen S Thomas* and Meir Magal
Division of Math and Sciences, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, USA
Corresponding Author : Kathleen S. Thomas
North Carolina Wesleyan College
Division of Math and Sciences
Rocky Mount, NC 27804, USA
Tel: (252) 985-5211
E-mail: [email protected]
Received February 19, 2014; Accepted March 31, 2014; Published April 02, 2014
Citation: Thomas KS, Magal M (2014) How Does Physical Activity Impact Postural Stability? J Nov Physiother 4:206 doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000206
Copyright: © 2014 Thomas KS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Physical activity has been associated with an overall improvement in health by reducing disease and assisting in weight management. However, varying levels of physical activity has been shown to have immediate adverse effects on measures of postural stability. Increases in postural sway occur as a result of performing fatiguing exercise to specific muscles in addition to moderate to maximal intensity exercise. While this is often not problematic for healthy young adults this could produce challenges to individuals with balance impairments and older adults. This review investigates the immediate impact that various physical activity levels have on postural stability. In addition, the areas that require further investigation will be highlighted.