Effects of physical and sporting activities on balance control in elderly people.

  title={Effects of physical and sporting activities on balance control in elderly people.},
  author={Philippe P. Perrin and G{\'e}rome C Gauchard and Cyril Perrot and Claude Jeandel},
  journal={British Journal of Sports Medicine},
  pages={121 - 126}
OBJECTIVE: Balance disorders increase with aging and raise the risk of accidental falls in the elderly. It has been suggested that the practice of physical and sporting activities (PSA) efficiently counteracts these age related disorders, reducing the risk of falling significantly. METHODS: This study, principally based on a period during which the subjects were engaged in PSA, included 65 healthy subjects, aged over 60, who were living at home. Three series of posturographic tests (static… 
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