Sensory integration and response to balance perturbation in overweight physically active individuals

Peggy P. Cheung, Liane Azevedo

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to compare sensory integration and response to balance perturbation between physically active normal weight and overweight adults. Physically active young adults were grouped into normal weight (N=45) or overweight (N=17) according to the WHO body mass index classification for Asian adults. Participants underwent two balance tests: sensory organization and motor control. Overweight participants presented marginally lower somatosensory score compared to normal weight participants. However, they scored significantly higher in response to balance perturbation. There was no difference in the onset of participants’ active response to balance perturbation. Physical activity might have contributed to improved muscle strength and improved the ability of overweight individuals to maintain balance.
    Original languageEnglish
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    JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
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    Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2015

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