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To evaluate the effect of early systematic soccer training on postural control we measured center-of-pressure (COP) variability, range, mean velocity and frequency in bipedal quiet stance with eyes open (EO) and closed (EC) in 44 boys aged 13 (25 boys who practiced soccer for 5-6 years and 19 healthy boys who did not practice sports). The soccer players had(More)
Unsteadiness and increased postural sway predispose individuals with osteoporosis to falling. We examined this relationship from a biomechanical perspective using a viscoelastic model. Specifically, we investigated the center-of-pressure (COP) in quiet stance in 37 postmenopausal women (aged 42-79 years), diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis and who(More)
Stability of quiet upright stance was investigated in 25 children with cerebral palsy at the beginning and the end of a 3-month period of therapy involving 20 min microprocessor-controlled saddle riding, performed twice a week. The traditional parameters of postural sway based on the centre-of-pressure analysis (range, standard deviation, mean speed and(More)
The properties of a new postural stability criterion based on the analysis of the difference between centre of pressure and centre of gravity are discussed. This difference may be regarded as the control variable representing active work of ankle muscles allowing to maintain equilibrium and can be effectively modelled as the second order autoregressive(More)
To elucidate the mechanisms responsible for deteriorated postural control in children with hearing deficit (CwHD), we measured center-of-pressure (COP) variability, mean velocity and entropy in bipedal quiet stance (feet together) with or without the concurrent cognitive task (reaction to visual stimulus) on hard or foam surface in 29 CwHD and a control(More)
OBJECTIVE Some recent studies have provided evidence that alteration in central motor control may have causative impact on the emergence and sustenance of chronic pain. We hypothesized that comparison of postural control between patients with high (HP) and low pain (LP) level would display intergroup differences in favour of the LP group lending support for(More)
We investigated balance in 33 competitive dancers (17 females, 16 males) and 22 controls (17 females, 5 males) (age 16-27 years) on a force plate in two conditions: single task (quiet stance) and dual task (with a concurrent mental task). Balance was evaluated using centre-of-pressure shift (sway) variability, mean speed, frequency, and sample entropy. The(More)
To evaluate postural control and performance in subjects with Down syndrome (SwDS), we measured postural sway (COP) in quiet stance in four 20-second tests: with eyes open or closed and on hard or foam surface. Ten SwDS and eleven healthy subjects participated, aged 29.8 (4.8) and 28.4 (3.9), respectively. The time-series recorded with the sampling rate of(More)
We compared postural stability with eyes open (EO) and with visual feedback (VFB) in 15 elderly subjects with cognitive impairment (SwCI) and 17 controls. Postural stability was evaluated using the center-of-pressure (COP) mean radius and velocity, while postural strategies by the frequency and damping of the difference between the COP and the(More)