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Potential of the smart balance master system to assess standing balance in people with incomplete spinal cord injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23032969     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the concurrent validity of the Smart Balance Master (SBM) tests in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury.
DESIGN: Correlational study.
SUBJECTS: A total of 32 individuals with an American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale D spinal cord injury able to walk 10 m independently, with or without walking assistive devices.
METHODS: Outcome measures obtained from static and dynamic balance tests while standing using the SBM were compared to data obtained from the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) (14 items).
RESULTS: No difference in performance between paraplegic and tetraplegic subjects was noted in the SBM tests. No ceiling effect was apparent in the SBM tests. The highest levels of association with the BBS was found for the limits of stability test (-0.416 < R < -0.752, p ≤ 0.05). The limits of stability test also correlated significantly with the majority of the other SBM tests and, except for the weight-shifting test, was completed by all but two participants.
CONCLUSION: The limits of stability test of the SBM system appears to be useful for assessing dynamic standing-balance ability in spinal cord injury subjects and could potentially be used to complement the BBS.
Jean-François Lemay; Sylvie Nadeau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation medicine     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1651-2081     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-21     Completed Date:  2013-12-05     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088169     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Med     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  55-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
Health Status Indicators
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Postural Balance*
Spinal Cord Injuries / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*

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