The Relationship Between Trunk Muscle Thickness and Static Postural Balance in Older Adults

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Trunk muscles are required for safety of movement in aging. The authors aimed to investigate the relationship between trunk muscle thickness and the static postural balance in older adults. A total of 31 females and 23 males with a mean age of 73.39 ± 6.09 completed the study. The thickness of the trunk muscles was determined with ultrasound imaging. Postural balance was assessed with force plate. There was a positive weak correlation between right and left upper rectus abdominis muscle thickness and anterior stability area (p < .05, r > .3). The negative and moderate correlation was determined between the left lower rectus abdominis and the perturbated stability sway value (p < .01, r > .5). The increase in trunk muscle thickness in older adults increases the postural stability area and decreases the postural sway especially in the mediolateral direction.

Acar is with the Department of Physical Therapy, Vocational School of Health Services, Karabuk University, Karabuk, Turkey. Çankaya is with the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey. Öner is with the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Karabuk University, Karabuk, Turkey.

Acar (eceacar@karabuk.edu.tr) is corresponding author.
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