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Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women.

Alcock, L, O'Brien, TD and Vanicek, N (2018) Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women. Health Care for Women International. ISSN 0739-9332

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Abstract

We investigated the biological systems involved in maintaining equilibrium during unstable and perturbed conditions in 39 healthy older women and estimated the annual difference in performance across the older age spectrum using regression. The largest annual difference in equilibrium occurred when the somatosensory system received inaccurate feedback and visual input was removed. With age, weight distribution became asymmetric at the onset of backwards perturbations, possibly in preparation for executing a stepping strategy. When one sensory system was challenged, postural responses were stable suggesting other systems compensated. When multiple sensory systems were challenged, significant differences in postural control emerged with age.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Care for Women International on 05/11/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07399332.2018.1499106
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing, 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 10:49
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 16:38
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/07399332.2018.1499106
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9644

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