alexa Effects of increased inertial load in dynamic and randomized perturbed posturography.
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Journal of Ergonomics

Author(s): Ledin T, Odkvist LM

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Abstract Muscular weakness is present in many diseases. The present study attempted to model a relative weakness of postural control muscles by loading the subjects with extra weight, and the effects on EquiTest dynamic posturography and randomized perturbed posturography were assessed. Ten healthy subjects aged 15-39 years (mean 26 years) were used. Their weights ranged 53-82 kg. Equilibrium was measured with and without an extra 20\% of body weight attached to the upper part of the trunk by means of pieces of lead metal placed in a specially sewn shirt. Dynamic posturography (EquiTest) comprises a sensory organization test in which the support surface and visual surround are either stable or referenced to the patient's sway, his or her eyes open or closed. In a movement coordination part the platform makes active movements. Antero-posterior sway on a stable support surface with absent or distorted visual cues was marred, and the correction pattern was altered on a movable support surface when the vision was absent. Furthermore, the EquiTest apparatus was driven by special software to produce randomized antero-posterior movements during 45 s. In addition to stable conditions, small and large amplitude perturbations were used. The subject's ability to remain in equilibrium was estimated by the sway velocity and a confidence ellipse sway area during 45 s. During weightbearing, sway areas were larger on the stable support surface both with and without vision. Postural sway velocity was lower when vision was absent both using small and large amplitudes.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
This article was published in Acta Otolaryngol and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics

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