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Instrumented vs. Conventional Perturbation-based Balance Training for Fall Prevention

2019-09-18 03:27:48 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Falls in old age can lead to severe physical and psychological restrictions. Training interventions for fall prevention can therefore improve the quality of life considerably. With perturbation-based balance training (PBT), which addresses the reactive balance control after a perturbation, a large reduction in the fall rate seems possible. In this study, we are comparing the effects of an Instrumented PBT (on a perturbation treadmill) and a conventional PBT (training under unstable conditions on different balance devices). In addition, both approaches will be compared with a passive control group. 111 participants aged 65 years or older will be randomly assigned to the three arms of the study. As the main outcomes, we will use the prospective rate of falls in a 12-months follow-up period and the Brief BESTest for assessing the fall risk. Secondary outcomes include balance performance, force capacity, and neuromuscular control during perturbations. We hypothesize that both interventions lead to a significant reduction in falls compared to the control group. Additionally, we explore whether instrumented PBT is superior to the conventional PBT or vice versa.

Study Design

Conditions

Fall Risk, Fall Prevention

Intervention

Training on perturbation treadmill, Exercises of dynamic stability under unstable conditions

Location

Heidelberg University, Network Aging Research
Heidelberg
Germany
69115

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Heidelberg University

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-09-18T03:27:48-0400

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