The effect of altered visual and proprioceptive cues on postural control in children aged six to eight years

Watter, P. and Burns, Y. R. (2004). The effect of altered visual and proprioceptive cues on postural control in children aged six to eight years. In: Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. 8th International Physiotherapy Congress, Adelaide, Australia, (s46-s46). 15–18 May, 2004.

Author Watter, P.
Burns, Y. R.
Title of paper The effect of altered visual and proprioceptive cues on postural control in children aged six to eight years
Conference name 8th International Physiotherapy Congress
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 15–18 May, 2004
Proceedings title Australian Journal of Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 0004-9514
Volume 50
Issue 3 Supp.
Start page s46
End page s46
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This study evaluated the effect of sensory manipulation on postural control in typically developing children aged six to eight years. Children aged six, seven and eight years +/- 3m (n = 35, 42, 36 respectively) who satisfied selection criteria were included after providing informed consent. Subjects stood on dual force plates in a standardised position for 30 sec with performance from 5–25 sec used for analysis. Using normal stance on floor or foam they were tested with eyes open or closed. In tandem stance the same visual conditions were tested on the floor, with preferred and nonpreferred foot forward. Measures extracted were mean anteroposterior displacement of the centre of pressure (mAPCOP), percentage of foot length used (%FLU), velocity and distance of sway. Repeated measures analysis evaluated change on measures as sensory condition altered, showing significant changes across the 12 conditions (all = 0.000). Less mature responses were seen in normal stance when eyes were closed compared with open, standing on floor (p = 0.036) or foam (p = 0.000), and in both tandem positions (all p = 0.000). Reduced proprioception in normal stance with eyes open caused changes in mAPCOP (p = 0.001) and %FLU (p = 0.000), and with eyes closed, in all measures (all p = 0.000). The reduction in mAPCOP and %FLU may reflect use of constraint for control when conditions become more demanding due to reduced visual or proprioceptive cues. Increased demand is also reflected in less mature responses relating to sway velocity and distance travelled.
Subjects 1103 Clinical Sciences
Keyword Postural control
Children
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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