Delayed Compensatory Postural Adjustments After Lateral Perturbations Contribute to the Reduced Ability of Older Adults to Control Body Balance

  • Renato Claudino, Marcio José dos Santos, Giovana Zarpellon Mazo
  • Motor Control, October 2017, Human Kinetics
  • DOI: 10.1123/mc.2016-0005

Compensatory Postural Adjustments in Older Adults

What is it about?

Age-related changes in sensory, motor and musculoskeletal systems may cause important limitations in postural stability of older adults, there is a couple of differences between them and young adults in terms of magnitude and latency of muscular activation to body perturbations in standing position.

Why is it important?

we hypothesized that latencies of postural muscles activation will be delayed in older adults in relation to the control young subjects. Our second hypothesis is that the delayed muscle latencies of the older adult fallers will be heightened compared with those in non-fallers


Renato Claudino

These findings will help to delineate new balance perturbation-based interventions to address lateral instability in older adults. For example, systematically incorporating perturbation exercises which require fast CPAs from lateral trunk and hip muscles might be beneficial to decrease the risk of falls in older populations.

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