Validating a dance specific screening test for balance

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To induce cognitive load within the visuomotor task, colours were fixed to a corresponding axis, and both the order of the visual stimuli as the interstimulus time were randomised to integrate environmental perception and decision-making.Recently, several systematic reviews and clinical commentaries emerged regarding the clinimetric value of clinician-friendly lower extremity functional performance tests, and their associations with injury [], these reviews showed that balance tests are currently underrepresented, accounting for only 1 functional balance test within the functional testing repertoire of 14 tests.This makes the applicability of the outcomes of pre-planned balance tests to open skilled sports (e.g.tennis, football) low, given that static tests neglect the importance of balance in its inherent relation with being able to react to a changing environment.Balance tests are commonly used in clinical practice with applicability in injury prevention and return to sport decisions.While most sports injuries occur in a changing environment where reacting to a non-planned stimulus is of great importance, these balance tests only evaluate pre-planned movements without taking these dynamics environmental aspects into account.star excursion balance test, Y-balance test) or by counting balance errors when performing a balance test (e.g. Both reach distance and balance errors have been proven to be reliable and valid outcome measures [].Current balance tests aim to measure pre-planned motor responses and focus on the neuromuscular system which uses information from the somatosensory and vestibular system (e.g. However, this neglects the importance of balance in its relevant context of sports performance or injury prevention.

Both refer to an absolute state, whereas stability is a relative quantity.The visuomotor reaction time on a behavioural level considers the time needed from start to end-point of the VMT.In detail, this pathway includes visual perception, visual processing, visuomotor transformation and motor execution time [].A reactive balance task was developed and described using the Y-balance test for the balance component, while the Fit Light training system This paper describes the test protocol of a reactive balance test as an adapted Y-balance test.The LED-lights of the Fit Light training system TM are placed at 80% of the maximal reach distance for each axis along the Y-Balance test kit TM.

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