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Besides anthropometric variables, high-order body representations have been hypothesised to influence postural control. However, this has not been directly tested before. Moreover, some studies indicate that sex moderates the relationship of anthropometry and postural control. Therefore, as a proof of concept we investigated the association of body...
Vibrotactile biofeedback can improve balance and consequently be helpful in fall prevention. However, it remains unclear how different types of stimulus presentations affect not only trunk tilt, but also Center of Pressure (CoP) displacements, and whether an instruction on how to move contributes to a better understanding of vibrotactile feedback.B...
Several studies have demonstrated beneficial effects of real-time biofeedback for improving postural control. However, the application for daily activities, which also include postural transitions, is still limited. One crucial aspect is the time point of providing feedback, and thus its reliability. This might depend on the sensor system used, but...
Objective: To evaluate the potential of deliberately light interpersonal touch (IPT) for reducing excessive head and trunk sway during self-paced walking in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP). Design: Quasi-experimental, proof-of-concept study with between-groups comparison. Setting: Ambulant care facility, community center. Pa...
- Significantly improve the understanding of the interplay between low-level sensorimotor control processes and high-level body representations for the distinction between self and other during interpersonal light touch for balance support - Enable more adaptive robotic solutions for balance support in frail, elderly or otherwise balance impaired human individuals by extracting the principles of human processing and control
Long-term goals: Sarcopenia is already getting more and more diagnosed and treated, but still the diagnostic isn´t always consistent and not consequently applied in practice. To make some steps towards a wider publicity and apllication in everyday practice, on one hand we compare classical diagnostic tools with alternative, less expensive diagnostic tools as every family doctor has an US and a chair and maybe a stopwatch available and therefore could diagnose sarcopenia. On the other hand we want to achieve a wider prescription of sarcopenia treatment, as it would be easy to treat and prevent with the combination of resistance training and nutrition supplementation. Short-term goals after a 6-weeks progressive resistance training with ankle weights and daily intake of 20 g protein, 4 g leucine and 5 g creatine: - improve muscle strength, function and mass - change in sarcopenia status (sarcopenia--> pre-sarcopenia; pre- sarcopenia--> normal) - increase quality of life - compare classical sarcopenia diagnostic tools with alternative diagnostic tools like Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) with Ultrasound (US) measures for the assessment of muscle mass, and the Muscle Quality Index (MQI) based on the 10 timed Chair Stand Test with grip strength and the 5 timed Chair Stand Test.