Interacting constraints and the emergence of postural behavior in ACL-deficient subjects

DAVIDS, K, KINGSBURY, D, GEORGE, K, O'CONNELL, M and STOCK, D (1999). Interacting constraints and the emergence of postural behavior in ACL-deficient subjects. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31 (4), 358-366.

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Abstract

In this study, the authors examined how task, informational, and sensorimotor system constraints influence postural control. Postural behavior of subjects with (n = 15) and without (n = 15) a key sensorimotor system constraint, anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) in 1 knee, was examined during 1- and 2-legged stance with and without vision. Postural control was assessed on a commonly used postural sway meter and on a dynamic stabilometer. Data on postural sway characteristics were obtained for 30 s under 6 different conditions: standing, with eyes open and closed, on both legs, on the injured leg, and on the noninjured leg. The interaction of task, informational, and sensorimotor constraints was observed only on the dynamic stabilometer and not the postural sway meter. Vision was the most important informational constraint on postural control for subjects on the dynamic stabilometer, particularly for the ACL-deficient group standing on the injured leg. Under more static task constraints, ACL deficiency did not prove a significant disadvantage, because vision was confinned as a significant source of exproprioceptive information. The results support the functionality of using dynamic tasks such as a stabilometer in assessing postural behavior of subjects with sensorimotor system constraints.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 09:58
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2011 09:58
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3362

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