Adaptation of postural control in normal and pathologic aging: Implications for fall prevention programs

Charlotte L. Shupert, Fay B. Horak

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The results of basic studies of the effects of two different neural pathologies on automatic postural responses are presented to illustrate the different components of postural control and the adaptability of the postural control system. Studies of postural control in patients with loss of sematosensation in the feet due to diabetic peripheral neuropathy are presented to show the role of sensory information in postural control. Studies of postural control in patients with Parkinson's disease are also presented to show one of the roles of the central nervous system adapts to changes. The studies have direct implications for the assessment of balance disorders in normal elderly population and the development of specific fall prevention interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-74
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Biomechanics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999



  • Adaptation
  • Aging
  • Balance
  • Falls
  • Neural control
  • Posture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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