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Postural Control Lab

 

Director
Averell "Tootie" Overby

 

Room
Grover Center W265

 

About the facility
The Postural Control Lab, Grover W265, has as its primary objective to study balance and issues related to balance, particularly in the elderly and in neurologically involved clients. For this purpose, the lab houses a Smart/Equitest (NeuroCom International) on which the sensory systems, as well as motor systems, can be assessed. An EMG system allows for collection of muscle signals during postural tasks. The Biodex System III, as well as hand held dynamometry, allow for the collection of strength data on subjects.

 

Studies in the recent past include those related to factors predicting the limits of stability in persons over the age of 65 and how the use of the abdominal muscles contributes to improving the limits of stability. We have also studied whole body vibration in persons complaining of balance deficits.

 

Another current project in the Postural Control Lab dealt with children who had spastic diplegia and their response to an intervention that provides support for a corrected biomechanical alignment during walking and functional activities through use of TheraTogs. We are also examining patients with diabetes to determine which factors accurately predict the development of plantar pressure ulcers and we are studying factors such as tissue stiffness, range of motion and strength at various joints in the lower extremity, and plantar pressures during walking to determine relationships among these variables.  We are also studying strength and endurance in persons with Type I and Type II diabetes when compared with healthy individuals.