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Athletes Who Train On Unstable Compared To Stable Surfaces Exhibit Unique Postural Control Strategies In Response To Balance Perturbations, D. S. Blaise Williams Iii, Nicholas G. Murray, Douglas W. Powell Mar 2016

Athletes Who Train On Unstable Compared To Stable Surfaces Exhibit Unique Postural Control Strategies In Response To Balance Perturbations, D. S. Blaise Williams Iii, Nicholas G. Murray, Douglas W. Powell

Health and Kinesiology Faculty Publications

Background

Athletes have been shown to exhibit better balance compared to non-athletes (NON). However, few studies have investigated how the surface on which athletes train affects the strategies adopted to maintain balance. Two distinct athlete groups who experience different types of sport-specific balance training are stable surface athletes (SSA) such as basketball players and those who train on unstable surfaces (USA) such as surfers. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of training surface on dynamic balance in athletes compared to NON.

Methods

Eight NON, eight SSA, and eight USA performed five 20-s trials in each of ...


Wiihabilitation For Improving Balance In Clinical Populations, K. Jason Crandall Dec 2015

Wiihabilitation For Improving Balance In Clinical Populations, K. Jason Crandall

K. Jason Crandall

It is estimated that 75.4 million people are affected by a condition such as aging, stroke,
Down syndrome or Parkinson’s disease that limit their physical capabilities (CDC, 2013).
Limited physical capabilities also have a negative effect on the overall level of functional
performance. The most common compromised component of functional performance is
balance. Balance is important for performing activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as
walking and stair climbing. Impaired balance can increase the risk of falls leading to injuries
such as bone breaks and muscular injuries. A new interactive form of physical therapy called
Wiihabiliation (Wiihab ...