Which factors drive training of standing balance in older adults?

Leila Alizadehsaravi

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD-Thesis - Research and graduation internal

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Abstract

In many countries, aging of the population and increasing medical problems due to aging lead to increasing fall incidents. Increased medical costs and reduced life quality of a portion of the population are the side effects of this problem. Balance training is one of the most effective means to prevent falls among the older adults, but the mechanisms behind it are largely unknown, and this precludes optimization of balance training. The main accomplishment of this thesis is to improve our insight into the mechanisms underlying effective balance control and training, considering neuromuscular and biomechanical factors.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationPhD
Awarding Institution
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Supervisors/Advisors
  • van Dieen, Jaap , Supervisor
  • Bruijn, Sjoerd, Co-supervisor
Award date10 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021

Keywords

  • aging, older adults, balance control, balance training, balance performance, gait stability, kinematics, H-reflex, co-contraction, muscle synergy

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