Balance is an imperative skill for daily life. It requires the integration of different functions regarding body position control including trunk postural control.
In a recent study, Reynart et al. recorded the postural control of 100 healthy adults with our inertial sensor Physilog®. The Physilog® was fixed onto participants’ sternum to measure the anteroposterior and mediolateral oscillations of the trunk through different static balance exercises. Results showed that women tended to oscillate more than men in tasks of low difficulty. Age and the level of physical activity also had a significant impact on participants’ trunk control ability. Their conclusion was that gender, age and the level of physical activity should be considered when assessing patients’ balance.
Instrumented balance tests provide relevant and quantitative information important to consider to evaluate the trunk postural control. It is then, a promising solution to assess patients with balance disorders in clinical settings.
This study was jointly conducted by Fabienne Reynard (1), David Christe (2), Philippe Terrier (1)