Stroke and traumatic brain injury commonly result in a reduction of standing or sitting stability and an increase the risk of a serious fall. It is therefore important to determine how postural coordination and balance are maintained under conditions that challenge balance. Recent experimental and modeling studies suggest that both ankle and hip dominant strategies are present concurrently and can be selected in response to balance disturbances. The objective of this study was to examine the response of an individual standing on a sinusoidally translating platform and to determine conditions that initiate changes between postural control strategies. Results indicate that most subjects were able to “tune” the response of the ankle, knee, and hip to reduce motion and effort.
postural control, balance, falls, whole-body-vibration, moving platform
Supported by the Henry H. Kessler Foundation
W. Thomas Edwards, Ph.D.
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, New Jersey 07052 Phone: 973-324-3539
Disney produced a television show in the mid 1990s called Gargoyles. It's a great show and I'm a big fan. A few years ago Disney started to release the show on DVD. The last release was of season 2, volume 1. That was two years ago. Volume 2 has not been released. Why? Poor sales. So if you should find yourself wanting to support my work, instead I ask you pick up a copy of season 2, volume 1. It's a great show and you might find yourself enjoying it.