International Journal of Sport Studies, Volume (4), No (2), Year (2014-4) , Pages (225-228)

Title : ( The effects of a somatosensory interventions training on balance in healthy elderly )

Authors: monireh asadi ghaleh ni , Hamid Reza Taheri , Mehdi Sohrabi ,

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Background: The somatosensory system plays an important role in balance control and age-related declines in somatosensory function have been implicated in falls incidence. Different types of insole devices have been developed to enhance somatosensory information and improve postural stability. However, they are often too complex and expensive to integrate into daily life and textured surfaces may provide an inexpensive and accessible means to enhance somatosensory input. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of exercise somatosensory on balance elderly. Method: A total of 16 healthy elderly men volunteered for this study and were divided into two groups of somatosensory and control. In the pre and post subjects tests ((limit of stability)) of Biodex system was the difficulty level 8. The overall balance index score was calculated as the balance score. Exercises for both groups 3 weeks, 5 sessions per week were performed. Training session’s time was 1 hour of exercise which was described by Suzuki with the exception that somatosensory Group exercises on the textured surface and control group exercises performed on a flat surface. To analyze data using a repeated-measure analysis of variance and the statistical significance was assessed at p< 0.05 level. Results: Results of statistical analysis showed significant effects of exercise on balance in elderly (P<0.05). Conclusion: According to research findings, practice walking on textured surfaces may stimulate pressure receptors in the feet and increase sensory input from the plantar lead to improved balance in the elderly.


, Keywords: textured surfaces, flat surface, pressure receptors
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author = {Asadi Ghaleh Ni, Monireh and Taheri, Hamid Reza and Sohrabi, Mehdi},
title = {The effects of a somatosensory interventions training on balance in healthy elderly},
journal = {International Journal of Sport Studies},
year = {2014},
volume = {4},
number = {2},
month = {April},
issn = {2251-7502},
pages = {225--228},
numpages = {3},
keywords = {Keywords: textured surfaces; flat surface; pressure receptors},


%0 Journal Article
%T The effects of a somatosensory interventions training on balance in healthy elderly
%A Asadi Ghaleh Ni, Monireh
%A Taheri, Hamid Reza
%A Sohrabi, Mehdi
%J International Journal of Sport Studies
%@ 2251-7502
%D 2014