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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017 Sep 05

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07530-2


language: English

Effects of nanotechnologies-based devices on postural control in healthy subjects

Giovanna MALCHIODI ALBEDI 1, Stefano CORNA 1, Valentina ASPESI 1, Daniela CLERICI 1, Cinzia PARISIO 1, Jonathan SEITANIDIS 1, Nicola CAU 2 , Luigia BRUGLIERA 1, Paolo CAPODAGLIO 1

1 Rehabilitation Unit and Research Lab in Biomechanics and Rehabilitation, S. Giuseppe Hospital, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Piancavallo, Verbania, Italy; 2 Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy


BACKGROUND: The aim of the present preliminary randomized controlled study was to ascertain whether the use of newly developed nanotechnologies-based patches can influence posture control of healthy subjects.
METHODS: Thirty healthy female subjects (age 39.4 years, BMI 22.74 kg/m2) were randomly assigned to two groups: one with active patches and a control group with sham patches. Two patches were applied with a tape: one on the subject’s sternum and the other on the C7 apophysis. Body sway during quiet upright stance was recorded with a dynamometric platform. Each subject was tested under two visual conditions, eyes open and closed. We used a blocked stratified randomization procedure conducted by a third party.
RESULTS: Subjects wearing the sham patches showed a significant increase of the centre of pressure sway area after 4 hours when they performed the habitual moderate-intensity work activities. In the active patch group, a decrease of the sway path was evident, providing evidence of an enhanced balance control.
CONCLUSIONS: Our preliminary findings on healthy subjects indicate that nanotechnological devices generating ultra-low electromagnetic fields can improve posture control.

KEY WORDS: Posture - Nanotechnology - Rehabilitation

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Article first published online: September 05, 2017
Manuscript accepted: August 29, 2017
Manuscript revised: July 26, 2017
Manuscript received: March 2, 2017

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Malchiodi Albedi G, Corna S, Aspesi V, Clerici D, Parisio C, Seitanidis J, et al. Effects of nanotechnologies-based devices on postural control in healthy subjects. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2017 Sep 05. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07530-2

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