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The immediate effect of physical activity on standing balance in healthy and balance-impaired older people.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19566804     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To determine if standing balance was affected by moderate levels of physical activity in healthy young, healthy older and balance-impaired older adults. METHODS: Thirty-one healthy young, 33 healthy older and 22 balance-impaired older adults took part. Centre of pressure (COP) motion was measured before and immediately after participants undertook 14 minutes of self-paced, moderate intensity physical activity. RESULTS: All groups responded in a similar manner. Following the physical activity circuit, mediolateral COP displacement and standard deviation of mediolateral COP position increased by 5% and 17%, respectively. Anteroposterior COP displacement and COP standard deviation, and total COP displacement, did not change. All changes were small compared with the magnitude of the group differences. CONCLUSIONS: A small increase in fall risk may exist immediately following physical activity and older people may need to exercise caution following moderate intensity bouts of physical activity to prevent falling.
Authors:
Thorlene Egerton; Sandra G Brauer; Andrew G Cresswell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australasian journal on ageing     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1741-6612     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas J Ageing     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-01     Completed Date:  2009-09-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808874     Medline TA:  Australas J Ageing     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia. t.egerton@uq.edu.au
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / physiology*
Exercise / physiology
Fatigue / epidemiology,  physiopathology*
Female
Humans
Male
Motor Activity / physiology*
Postural Balance / physiology*
Risk Factors

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