Armed against falls: the contribution of arm movements to balance recovery after tripping

@article{Pijnappels2009ArmedAF,
  title={Armed against falls: the contribution of arm movements to balance recovery after tripping},
  author={Mirjam Pijnappels and Idsart Kingma and Daphne Wezenberg and Guus Reurink and Jaap H. van Die{\"e}n},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
  year={2009},
  volume={201},
  pages={689-699}
}
Arm movements after perturbations like tripping over an obstacle have been suggested to be aspecific startle responses, serve a protective function or contribute to balance recovery. This study aimed at determining if and how arm movements play a functional role in balance recovery after a perturbation. We tripped young subjects using an obstacle that suddenly appeared from the floor at exactly mid-swing. We measured arm muscle EMG, quantified body rotations after tripping, and established the… CONTINUE READING