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Analysis of Balance in the Aging Process

This study has been completed.
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Universidade de Franca Identifier:
First received: May 19, 2009
Last updated: May 20, 2009
Last verified: May 2009

Introduction: While growing older, it is possible to notice a decrease in the functional and physiological reserves in the organism which impairs the the abilities in the elderly in doing some tasks. A simple balance becomes a challenge.

Objective: To evaluate the functional balance in the aging process.

Methods: The group was formed by 48 people from 10 to 85 years old. The evaluation instruments are the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), the Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA), the Unipodal Support Test, the Functional Reach Test and the Romberg's Test.


Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Analysis of Balance in the Aging Process

Further study details as provided by Universidade de Franca:

Biospecimen Description:
The evaluation instruments are the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), the Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA), the Unipodal Support Test, the Functional Reach Test and the Romberg's Test.

Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: February 2008
Study Completion Date: October 2008
Primary Completion Date: August 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Group I
(G1): 10 - 18 years old
Group II
(G2): 20 - 35 years old
Group III
(G3): 45 - 60 years old
Group IV
(G4): 65 - 85 years old

Detailed Description:

48 individuals of both sexes and aged between 10 and 85 years were chosen. These individuals were divided according to age, into four groups (each group containing 12 individuals, 6 men and 6 women): Group I (G1): 10 - 18, Group II (G2): 20 - 35; Group III (G3): 45 - 60, Group IV (G4): 65 - 85.

The instruments used for assessment of the balance were: (1) Berg Scale - consists of 14 items with common activities of daily life, with progressive degree of difficulty (2) Assessment of Gait and Balance for Performance Oriented (POMA), consists of a protocol that evaluates the static and dynamic balance, with operations similar to the activities of daily living, (3) Test Support Unipodal; (4) adapted Functional Reach Test, which assesses the stability in the standing position, (5) Test and Romberg Romberg's test Romberg-Barré or sensitized conducted in stable and unstable soil, and all positions were first with open eyes and then with closed eyes. The duration of each exposure was 30 seconds, with different positioning of the feet.


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 85 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
The participants were selected in dependency of Unifran (University of France) and the homes of the neighborhood. The choice of groups was based according to the degree of functionality and independence in order to analyze the lack of balance in the process of aging.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Absence of the basic pathology that interferes directly in the balance

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Neurological changes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Use of orthoses for lower limb
  • Obesity
  • Exercise frequently (more than twice a week)
  • The bearer of any commitment to stay in their standing position
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00906711

Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidade de Franca
Study Director: Lislei Patrizzi Universidade de Franca
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lislei Jorge Patrizzi, Universidade de Franca Identifier: NCT00906711     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0081/08
Study First Received: May 19, 2009
Last Updated: May 20, 2009

Keywords provided by Universidade de Franca:
Postural Balance processed this record on May 25, 2017