Defining and measuring balance in adults.

  title={Defining and measuring balance in adults.},
  author={P K Yim-Chiplis and Laura A Talbot},
  journal={Biological research for nursing},
  volume={1 4},
The ability to maintain balance is often taken for granted, yet it is the foundation for mobility and overall functional independence throughout the life span. The purpose of this article is to define balance, review the components of balance, and describe common instruments used to measure balance. Clinical screening instruments, functional performance tests, and technological measures of balance are reviewed addressing their uses, strengths, and limitations.