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The within-day and between-day reliability of using sacral accelerations to quantify balance performance.

Williams, J. M., Dorey, C, Clarke, S. and Clark, C. J., 2015. The within-day and between-day reliability of using sacral accelerations to quantify balance performance. Physical Therapy in Sport, 17, 45 - 50.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.04.002


OBJECTIVES: To investigate the between-day and within-day reliability of a sacral mounted accelerometer to quantify balance performance and different balance metrics. DESIGN: Experimental, cross-sectional. SETTING: Laboratorial experiment. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty healthy volunteers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Balance tasks were double leg stance, tandem stance and single leg stance with eyes open and closed. Performance was measured by converting accelerations into path length (PL, length of the sway trace), jerk (jerkiness of sway trace) and root mean square (RMS) of the accelerations. RESULTS: Within-day ICC for PL were excellent (mean 0.78 95%CI 0.68-0.89), with Jerk and RMS demonstrating means of 0.60 and 0.47, respectively. The mean percentage minimal detectable change (MDC) within-day were small for PL (mean 6.7%, 95%CI 5.3-8.1). Between-day ICC were good for PL (mean 0.61, 95%CI 0.50-0.71), but more varied for Jerk and RMS. The mean percentage MDC was small for PL (mean 6.1%, 95%CI 5.0-7.2). No significant differences were determined for measurements between-days for any metric or task. PL had the highest discriminatory value between the 8 tasks. CONCLUSIONS: The sacral mounted accelerometer reliably measured balance performance within- and between-days. The PL is the recommended metric as it was the most reliable, most discriminatory and most sensitive to change.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Accelerometer ; Balance ; Minimal detectable change ; Reliability
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:23787
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Jun 2016 15:03
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:56


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