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Functional reach (FR) is a clinical measure, defined as the maximum distance one can reach, forward beyond arm's length, able to identify elderly subjects at risk of recurrent falls. Subjects, exhibiting the same FR can perform the motor task in different ways: a kinematic analysis of the FR, task can help to identify the motor strategy adopted. The FR test(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to assess, in healthy elderly, non-neuropathic and neuropathic diabetic subjects, the activation patterns of the main muscles involved in the Functional Reach Test, a well-recognized method to identify elderly subjects at risk of balance impairments. METHODS Surface electromyographic analysis of Sternocleidomastoideus,(More)
This study proposes a comprehensive assessment of myoelectric activity of the main muscles involved in the Functional Reach (FR) test, in 24 elderly subjects. A specific protocol for the surface electromyography (sEMG) signal acquisition during FR-test was developed. Results show that anterior muscles activate following a caudo-cranial order. Tibialis(More)
This study was designed to assess, in elderly neuropathic diabetic (DN) patients, the activation patterns of the main muscles involved in the Functional Reach (FR) Test, a well-recognized method to identify elderly subjects at risk of recurrent falls. Surface electromyographic (sEMG) analysis of Sternocleidomastoideus (Scm), Rectus Abdominis (RAbd),(More)
The study was designed to assess the natural variability of the activation modalities of vastus medialis (VM) and vastus lateralis (VL) during walking at a self-selected speed and cadence of 30 young, healthy, females. This was achieved by conducting statistical gait analysis on the surface electromyographic signals from hundreds of strides for each(More)
Generally, the study of gait requires the detection of successive heel contacts and toe-off instants. Traditional gait analysis methods obtain these gait events using dynamometric platforms together with stereophotogrammetric data. Usually, are kept valid only those walking trials where the subjects step on each platform by only one foot. For subjects(More)
Aim of the study was to identify the different modalities of activation of gastrocnemius lateralis (GL) and tibialis anterior (TA) during gait at self-selected speed, by a statistical analysis of surface electromyographic signal from a large number (hundreds) of strides per subject. The analysis on fourteen healthy adults showed a large variability in the(More)
Aim of this work was to evaluate Parkinsonian (PARK) patients at their initial stage of the disease by static posturography in order to study: the stability of posture system; the role of visual input; the influence of an acute administration of levodopa. This would allow the creation of a database that can be useful to follow the progression of the(More)
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