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A Journal on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after Pathological Events

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SIMFER), European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM), European Union of Medical Specialists - Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Section (UEMS-PRM), Mediterranean Forum of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (MFPRM), Hellenic Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (EEFIAP)
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ISSN 1973-9087

Online ISSN 1973-9095

 

Europa Medicophysica 2006 June;42(2):145-9

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On the introduction of a new parameter for the analysis of posture by acceleration of the centre of pressare

Pascolo P. B., Marini A.

Functional Mechanics Laboratory University of Udine, Udine, Italy

Aim. With this study we wanted to determine whether the standard parameters for describing posture are sufficient.
Methods. The time-series analysis of statokinesigrams of 50 healthy volunteers and Parkinsonian subjects, the latter representing an excellent example of persons affected by a postural control disorder, were assessed and compared. The tests were carried out using a new parameter “p”, which is introduced with this work. The novel parameter is adimensional and independent of the subjects’ anthropometric data and can be easily computed with elementary mathematics.
Results. Parameter “p” was found to discriminate healthy subjects from parkinsonians (as an example of subjects affected by a disease of the central control system).
Conclusion. A new tool for the early diagnosis of disease of the central control system could theoretically be developed from our results.

language: English


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