Influence of visual information and sex on postural control in children aged 6–12 years assessed with accelerometric technology
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/2087
EDITED VERSION: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4418/11/4/637
UNESCO SUBJECT: 2411.01 Fisiología del Equilibrio ; 2406.04 Biomecánica ; 6102 Psicología del Niño y del Adolescente
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
The performance of postural control is believed to be linked to how children use available sensory stimuli to produce adequate muscular activation. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to thoroughly explore postural stability under normal conditions and without visual information in postural control in children aged 6–12 years during static single-leg support. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with 316 children (girls = 158). The analyzed variables were the mean and maximum values obtained in each of the three body axes and their root mean square during two static single-leg support tests: one with eyes open and one with eyes closed. Girls showed lower magnitudes in the recorded accelerations at all ages and in all the variables of both tests. Accelerations during the tests showed progressively lower values from 6 to 12 years of age. The sex had a significant influence on the magnitude obtained in the accelerations recorded during the tests. Improvements in balance with increasing age were greater with visual information than without visual information. The tests of single-leg support showed preferential sensorimotor strategies in boys and girls: boys tend to rely more on visual inputs, and girls process somesthetic information in a preferential way.
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