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Design of a dynamic balance assessment system

Considine, John (2007) Design of a dynamic balance assessment system. Master of Engineering thesis, Dublin City University.

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The aim of this work was to design, build and test a system that could perturb a test subject standing upon it in order to assess their ability to react to these changes. This would be achieved by rapidly t~ltingt he surface on which the person was standing and then returning it to the horizontal position. From this it could be determined whether the test subject was able to maintain a state of balance or how long it took them to return to that state of balance. This state of balance would be determined by measuring the subject's postural sway by using a foot pressure profile plate to determine how much deviation there was during testing. This system was also designed to be more versatile and affordable than what is currently available commercially, as while these machnes are important for studies they are not in common use at present due to their cost. The newly developed system presented in ths thesis, has been used to move test subjects up to 100kg in weight.

Item Type:Thesis (Master of Engineering)
Date of Award:2007
Supervisor(s):Brabazon, Dermot and Moran, Kieran
Uncontrolled Keywords:state of balance; postural sway
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Performance
Medical Sciences > Kinesiology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16976
Deposited On:10 May 2012 16:03 by Fran Callaghan. Last Modified 10 May 2012 16:03

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