Comparison of two methods of postural control analysis during upright and quiet stance

  • Ana Maria Forti Barela Laboratório de Análise do Movimento, Instituto de Ciências da Atividade Física e Esportes, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, São Paulo, SP - ana.barela@cruzeirodosul.edu.br
  • Diego Alveno Laboratório de Análise do Movimento, Instituto de Ciências da Atividade Física e Esportes, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, São Paulo, SP
  • Claudia Garcia Laboratório de Análise do Movimento, Instituto de Ciências da Atividade Física e Esportes, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, São Paulo, SP
  • Cássio A. Pereira Laboratório de Análise do Movimento, Instituto de Ciências da Atividade Física e Esportes, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, São Paulo, SP
Keywords: posture, force platform, video-based system, biomechanics

Abstract

The goal of this study was to compare two methods of analysis, the use of force platform and based on video system, to investigate the postural control of young adults during upright stance on three bases of support. Fifteen young adults (30±4.96 years old) were asked to maintain an upright and quiet stance on a force platform for 30 s on bipedal, semi-tandem stance, and reduced bipedal bases of support. One reflective marker was placed on their back to acquire the space coordinates. Mean sway amplitude and mean velocity in anterior-posterior (AP) and medial-lateral (ML) directions and the area of stabilogram were calculated and used to compare the two methods of analysis and the effects of bases of support. Coefficient of correlation values indicated strong relation between trajectories of center of pressure and reflective marker in both directions (AP and ML), and statistical analysis of both methods indicated similar results in terms of effects of base of support. According to these results it might be suggested that both methods of analysis to investigate the control of upright and quiet stance in young adults can be used.

 

Published
2009-03-23
Section
Research Articles