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Combination of BTrackS and Geri-Fit as a targeted approach for assessing and reducing the postural sway of older adults with high fall risk

Authors Goble DJ, Hearn MC, Baweja HS

Received 24 December 2016

Accepted for publication 13 January 2017

Published 10 February 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 351—357


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Daniel J Goble, Mason C Hearn, Harsimran S Baweja

School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Abstract: Atypically high postural sway measured by a force plate is a known risk factor for falls in older adults. Further, it has been shown that small, but significant, reductions in postural sway are possible with various balance exercise interventions. In the present study, a new low-cost force-plate technology called the Balance Tracking System (BTrackS) was utilized to assess postural sway of older adults before and after 90 days of a well-established exercise program called Geri-Fit. Results showed an overall reduction in postural sway across all participants from pre- to post-intervention. However, the magnitude of effects was significantly influenced by the amount of postural sway demonstrated by individuals prior to Geri-Fit training. Specifically, more participants with atypically high postural sway pre-intervention experienced an overall postural sway reduction. These reductions experienced were typically greater than the minimum detectable change statistic for the BTrackS Balance Test. Taken together, these findings suggest that BTrackS is an effective means of identifying older adults with elevated postural sway, who are likely to benefit from Geri-Fit training to mitigate fall risk.

Keywords: aging, balance, BTrackS, Geri-Fit, postural sway, fall risk

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