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ERIC Number: EJ830030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Motor Control Test Responses to Balance Perturbations in Adults with an Intellectual Disability
Hale, Leigh; Miller, Rebekah; Barach, Alice; Skinner, Margot; Gray, Andrew
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v34 n1 p81-86 Mar 2009
Background: The aims of this small exploratory study were to determine (1) whether adults with intellectual disability who had a recent history of falling had slower motor responses to postural perturbations than a sample of adults without disability when measured with the Motor Control Test (MCT) and (2) to identify any learning effects associated with the test. Methods: A sample of 7 adults with intellectual disability (58 [plus or minus] 12 years) and 13 adults without disability (49 [plus or minus] 6 years) were tested three times over the period of one week. Results: The mean response latency for participants with intellectual disability was 158 [plus or minus] 18 ms and for the control participants was 140 [plus or minus] 13 ms. No evidence was found for a learning effect with repeated testing. Conclusion: Some adults with an intellectual disability, who have a history of falling, may have delayed responses to postural perturbations and this impairment could be targeted in physiotherapy interventions aimed at improving balance capabilities and preventing falls. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand