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Balance training reduces fear of falling and improves dynamic balance and isometric strength in institutionalised older people: a randomised trial. 📎

Abstract Title: Balance training reduces fear of falling and improves dynamic balance and isometric strength in institutionalised older people: a randomised trial. Abstract Source: J Physiother. 2012 ;58(2):97-104. PMID: 22613239 Abstract Author(s): Narcis Gusi, Jose Carmelo Adsuar, Hector Corzo, Borja Del Pozo-Cruz, Pedro R Olivares, Jose A Parraca Article Affiliation: Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, Spain. Abstract: QUESTION: What is the effect of a balance training protocol with the Biodex Balance System in institutionalised older people with fear of falling? DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial with concealed allocation and assessor blinding. PARTICIPANTS: Forty older people who lived in a nursing home and had fear of falling. INTERVENTION: The experimental group completed a 12-week balance training protocol based on balancing/rebalancing training with the Biodex Balance System, with two sessions per week. During the training period, participants in both groups received the same multidisciplinary care (such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing) that they usually received in the nursing home. OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was fear of falling (Falls Efficacy Scale International questionnaire). Secondary outcomes were dynamic balance (Fall Risk Test) and isometric strength (torque of knee flexor and extensor isometric strength measured with an isokinetic dynamometer). Outcome measures were taken before and after the training program protocol. RESULTS: Compared to the control group, the exercise group had significantly greater improvements at 12 weeks in fear of falling (by 8 points, 95% CI 4 to 12), in dynamic balance (by 2 degrees, 95% CI 1 to 3), and in isometric strength of the knee flexors (by 7Nm, 95% CI 3 to 11) and knee extensors (by 7Nm, 95% CI 1 to 13). CONCLUSION: The training program was feasible and effective in reducing fear of falling and improving dynamic balance and isometric strength in institutionalised older people with fear of falling. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ISRCTN21695765. Article Published Date : Dec 31, 2011
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Effect of different balance training programs on postural control in chronic ankle instability: a randomized controlled trial.

Related Articles Effect of different balance training programs on postural control in chronic ankle instability: a randomized controlled trial. Acta Bioeng Biomech. 2018;20(2):159-169 Authors: Youssef NM, Abdelmohsen AM, Ashour AA, Elhafez NM, Elhafez SM Abstract BACKGROUND: Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a common sequence of ankle sprain. Conservative treatment of CAI is currently accepted as a primary mean of managing the condition and preventing of recurrence. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effect of Weight-bearing Exercise for Better Balance (WEBB) program and unilateral balance training exercises on postural control in females with CAI. METHODS: Thirty-five females with CAI participated in this study. The participants' mean values of age, body mass, height, and body mass index were 21.76 ± 1.96 y, 64.82 ± 9.37 kg, 161.85 ± 7.24 cm, and 24.76 ± 3.76 kg/m², respectively. They were randomly assigned into three groups: experimental group A (n = 13) who received WEBB program, experimental group B (n = 12) who received unilateral balance training, and control group C (n = 10) using statistical random tables. Balance parameters were measured for all participants via Biodex Balance System (BBS) before and after four weeks of balance training. They included overall stability index (OASI), antero-posterior stability index (APSI), and medio-lateral stability index (MLSI). RESULTS: There was a significant improvement in the post testing mean values of OASI and APSI, compared with the pre testing values in both experimental groups (A and B). There was no significant difference between the pre and post testing mean values of MLSI in the experimental group (A). CONCLUSIONS: Both WEBB program and unilateral balance training have positive effects on postural control in females with CAI. PMID: 30220726 [PubMed - in process]