Effects of sensory conflict on the dynamic balance of healthy pre-adolescents and adolescents on normal and narrow support

Sometimes taken for granted, standing balance has a fundamental role in almost every daily activity, work, sport or leisure and it is crucial for the quality of life in any age. Maintaining balance is a complex process that requires the very precise interplay between the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems, the skeletal muscles and the central nervous system. Therefore balance deteriorates when sensory information from one or several modalities is absent/altered or the environment is more challenging.

According to the World Health Organization 25-52% of children enter the emergency because of a fall. Fractures deteriorate the quality of life, lead to immobilization, absence from school, and financial losses. Children at the age of 11-14 years are most prone to limb fractures because of the fast growth in this period and naturally lagging bone mineralization, the greater involvement in sport activities and the need of the central nervous system to adapt to the quickly changing body measures.

Our aim is to explore the mechanisms of static and dynamic balance of typically developing pre-adolescents and young adolescents and assess their ability to adapt to different task constraints.

The methodology consists of semi-automatic two-dimensional kinematic analysis and pedobarography during functional reach. It was presented for the first time at the scientific session "Biomedicine and Quality of Life – Youth in Science" , June 26-27, 2017, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Read more

Research reported in this website was funded by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, with the National Ministry of Education ”Support for Young Scientists and Scholars –2017”, under Award Number DFNP17-55. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Ministry of Education.