Functional measures show improvements after a home exercise program following supervised balance training in older adults with elevated fall risk

11/04/2018

Source: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice

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Date of publication: 5th March 2018

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The study investigated the effects of a 12-week unsupervised HEP following supervised clinic-based balance training on functional mobility, balance, fall risk, and gait.

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Spinal mobility and alignment leading to lower QoL and falling

21/02/2017

Source: Gait & Posture, 2017, Volume 53 p. 98-103

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Spinal deformities can affect quality of life (QOL) and risk of falling, but no studies have explored the relationships of spinal mobility and sagittal alignment of spine and the lower extremities simultaneously. Purpose of this study is to clarify the relationship of those postural parameters to QOL and risk of falling. Forward-stooped posture and knee-flexion deformity could be important indicator of lower QOL. Moreover, limited extension in the lumbar spine could be a useful screening examination for fall prevention in the elderly.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Effect of different exercises on postural balance in elderly women

16/10/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, online 23 August 2014

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Different types of exercise are recommended for the elderly to prevent limitations in functional capacity due to ageing and to reduce the risk of falls. This study aimed to evaluate the effect on postural balance of three of these different types of exercise.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Indicators of falls during pregnancy assessed by postural peturbations

16/01/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, 39 (1) p. 218-223

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Physical, physiological and hormonal alterations during pregnancy often accompany decreased postural control, which is turn increases the likelihood of falls. This study analysed fallers and non-fallers with non-pregnant controls, and noticed that increased ankle stiffness tended to lead to fewer falls in pregnancy. Increasing ankle stiffness could be an important strategy to prevent women falling while pregnant.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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