Wii Balance Board: Reliability and Clinical Use in Assessment of Balance in Healthy Elderly Women

Author(s): Renato Sobral Monteiro-Junior, Arthur Sá Ferreira, Vivian Neiva Puell, Eduardo Lattari, Sérgio Machado, César Augusto Otero Vaghetti, Elirez Bezerra da Silva

Journal Name: CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets
Formerly Current Drug Targets - CNS & Neurological Disorders

Volume 14 , Issue 9 , 2015

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Force plate is considered gold standard tool to assess body balance. However the Wii Balance Board (WBB) platform is a trustworthy equipment to assess stabilometric components in young people. Thus, we aim to examine the reliability of measures of center of pressure with WBB in healthy elderly women. Twenty one healthy and physically active women were enrolled in the study (age: 64 ± 7 years; body mass index: 29 ± 5 kg/m2). The WBB was used to assess the center of pressure measures in the individuals. Pressure was linearly applied to different points to test the platform precision. Three assessments were performed, with two of them being held on the same day at a 5- to 10-minute interval, and the third one was performed 48 h later. A linear regression analysis was used to find out linearity, while the intraclass correlation coefficient was used to assess reliability. The platform precision was adequate (R2 = 0.997, P = 0.01). Center of pressure measures showed an excellent reliability (all intraclass correlation coefficient values were > 0.90; p < 0.01). The WBB is a precise and reliable tool of body stability quantitative measure in healthy active elderly women and its use should be encouraged in clinical settings.

Keywords: Testing reproducibility, ageing, posture, rehabilitation, center of pressure, health impact assessment, postural balance.

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Year: 2015
Page: [1165 - 1170]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1871527315666151111120403
Price: $65

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