Feasibility of a perturbation protocol to quantify dynamic stability

Sanne Roeles, Georgia Tarfali, Craig Childs, Frans Steenbrink, P J Rowe

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Falls in elderly are the leading cause of injury and therefore considered a major health problem in our ageing society [1]. A fall is the result of an inadequate restoration of balance when it is compromised. The use of external perturbations to evoke loss of balance in a standardized and safe manner is an increasingly popular approach to measur e dynamic stability, offering opp ortunities for fall prevention research [2]. Although a perturbation - paradigm is promising, little is known about the type of perturbation that is most informative to quantify dynamic stability. Therefore, the first aim of this feasibility study was to evaluate whether mechanical, visual and auditory perturbations can be used to affect dynamic stability. The second aim was to evaluate whether we can distinguish between younger and older adults using the response to external perturbations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016
EventGait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference 2016 - Peabody Hotel in Memphis Tennessee, Memphis, United States
Duration: 17 May 201620 May 2016


ConferenceGait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleGCMAS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • perturbation protocol
  • dynamic stability assessment


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