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ERIC Number: EJ967167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Decreasing Internal Focus of Attention Improves Postural Control during Quiet Standing in Young Healthy Adults
Nafati, Gilel; Vuillerme, Nicolas
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v82 n4 p634-643 Dec 2011
This experiment was designed to investigate whether and how decreasing the amount of attentional focus invested in postural control could affect bipedal postural control. Twelve participants were asked to stand upright as immobile as possible on a force platform in one control condition and one cognitive condition. In the latter condition, they performed a short-term digit-span memory task. Decreased center-of-gravity displacements and decreased center-of-foot-pressure displacements minus center-of-gravity displacements were observed in the cognitive condition relative to the control condition. These results suggest that shifting the attentional focus away from postural control by executing a concurrent attention-demanding task could increase postural performance and postural efficiency. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France