Background: Falls are one of the most important causes of physical injury and death in older adults. Postural control is associated with an elevated risk of falls in older adults. the purpose of this study was to assess the correlation between static/dynamic postural control ability and proprioception, plantar skin touch, and muscle strength in older adults.
Method: Partial correlation analysis was used to quantitatively analyze the correlation between plantar tactile sensitivity, proprioception, lower limb muscle strength and postural control, and regression analysis was used to build an effective model of human postural control.
Result: The postural control of the older adults is related to the plantar tactile sensitivity, proprioception, and lower limb muscle strength.
Conclusion: dynamic postural control mainly affected by lower limb muscle strength and proprioception, suggesting that trainings to improve the ankle plantarflexion, hip abduction muscle strength and knee and ankle proprioception should be recommended to older adults to improve dynamic postural control. Static postural control mainly affected by planter tactile sensitivity and proprioception suggesting that trainings to improve the proprioception and planter tactile sensitivity should be recommended to older adults to improve static postural control.
Liu, Fang; Song, Qipeng; and Fong, Daniel Dr
"CORRELATIONS OF POSTURAL CONTROL TO PROPRIOCEPTION, TACTILE SENSATION AND MUSCLE STRENGTH AMONG OLDER ADULTS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 40:
1, Article 91.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol40/iss1/91