Correlation of the Functional Difficulties Questionnaire (FDQ-9) with dynamic balance using the SMART instrumented wobbleboard.

Clark, C. J., Clark, S., Dorey, C. and Williams, J. M., 2016. Correlation of the Functional Difficulties Questionnaire (FDQ-9) with dynamic balance using the SMART instrumented wobbleboard. Physical Therapy in Sport, 21, pp. 68-74.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.007

Abstract

Objectives : To investigate concurrent validity of the Functional Difficulties Questionnaire (FDQ-9) using balance tasks on the SMARTwobbleboard . Poor balance is associated with reduced physical activity which may impact on quality of life. There is a requirement to use simple tests to assess balance so that suitable interventions can be employed to ameliorate poor balance and enhance uptake of physical activity. Design: Observational study employing 30 healthy volunteers who completed the FDQ-9 and undertook three balance tasks on the SMARTwobbleboard: double leg stance eyes open (DLSEO); double leg stance eyes closed (DLSEC) and single leg stance eyes open (SLSEO). Results: There were moderate significant correlations between the FDQ-9 and DLSEO and SLSEO. There were significant between group differences in dynamic balance for participants with FDQ-9 ≤ 18 (indicative of no functional difficulties) and FDQ-9 ≥ 19 (indicative of one or more functional difficulties) for DLSEO and SLSEO. Conclusions: Significant moderate correlations were recorded between the FDQ-9 and the SMARTwobbleboard in healthy adults indicating a relationship between dynamic balance and questionnaire scores (DLSEO and SLSEO). Initial findings contribute to the concurrent validity of the FDQ-9 which could also be used as a simple tool for assessing balance.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1873-1600
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:24114
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:22 Jun 2016 09:28
Last Modified:03 Aug 2016 15:18

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