Validity of a new stabilometric force platform for postural balance evaluation.

Jonathan Ache Dias, Lucas Borges, Daniela Junckes da Silva Mattos, Marcelo Diederichs Wentz, Susana Cristina Domenech, Philippe Kauffmann, Noé Gomes Borges Junior

Abstract


The objective of this study was to validate a new stabilometric force platform (SFP). For this, three steps have been established: a) to determine the force threshold to reach an acceptable level of accuracy of the centre of pressure (CoP) measurement by the application of single point load; b) to determine the accuracy of the CoP measurement in the application of distributed load simulating the human feet; c) to verify the concurrent validity of the SFP by comparing it with a commercial force platform (FP). The tests performed in steps “a” and “b” were conducted by applying loads on the SFP using a universal testing machine. In the application of single point load, the mean force threshold presented by the SFP was 315.6 ± 140.5 N. The CoP measurement error in the points near the centre of the SFP was 1.04 ± 0.80 mm in medial-lateral (ML) and 1.31 ± 0.99 mm in anteriorposterior (AP) direction. In the points near the edges of the plate, the error was 2.03 ± 0.91mm (ML) and 1.54 ± 0.96 mm (AP). In the test with distributed loads, errors of less than 1mm were found. Additionally, no differences were found in the CoP parameters between SFP and the FP. The CoP measurement signal presented high correlation between both equipments in AP (r = 0.997 ± 0.001) and ML (r = 0.988 ± 0.003) directions. These findings suggest that the SFP can be used in scientific investigations of balance in quiet standing.


Keywords


Biomechanics; Postural Balance; Instrumentation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2011v13n5p367

The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, BrazilThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Unported License.