Reliability and validity of a force-instrumented treadmill for evaluating balance: A preliminary study of feasibility in healthy young adults

Zhou Yuntao, Izumi Kondo, Masahiko Mukaino, Shigeo Tanabe, Toshio Teranishi, Takuma Ii, Kensuke Oono, Soichiro Koyama, Yoshikiyo Kanada, Eiichi Saito

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Background With the development of computer technology, computerized dynamic posturography provides objective assessments of balance and posture control under static and dynamic conditions. Although a force-instrumented treadmill-based balance assessment is feasible for balance evaluations, currently no data exists. Objective This study was undertaken to assess the reliability and validity of balance evaluations using a force-instrumented treadmill. Methods Ten healthy adults participated in evaluations using both the treadmill and the EquiTest. Four balance evaluations were conducted: Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction on Balance, Unilateral Stance, Weight Bearing Squat, and Motor Control Test. Results All balance evaluations using the force-instrumented treadmill method shared good reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient ≥0.6). The Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction on Balance, Unilateral Stance, and Weight Bearing Squat evaluations had a correlation of r < 0.5 with EquiTest, whereas the Motor Control Test balance evaluation had moderate correlations (r > 0.5) with the EquiTest. Conclusion The results demonstrated that all balance evaluations using the force-instrumented treadmill were reliable, and that the Motor Control Test evaluation was moderately correlated with the EquiTest. Therefore, the use of a force-instrumented treadmill in balance evaluations might provide a certain level of value to clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalHong Kong Physiotherapy Journal
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2017

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Feasibility Studies
Reproducibility of Results
Young Adult
Weight-Bearing
Posture
Technology

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  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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