The Use of the Anchor System Reduces Postural Sway During Upright Standing Irrespective of Plantar Flexors Muscle Fatigue in Young and Older Adults

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Our purpose was to verify the effects of the use of the anchors on postural control after the fatigue of the plantar flexor muscles in young and older adults. They stood barefoot, with their eyes closed in four conditions combining the use of the anchors and the fatigue. When using the anchors, participants held one cable in each hand and kept the cable taut without removing the loads (125 g) from the ground. The fatigue protocol consisted of performing a single series of bilateral plantar flexion movements. The fatigue protocol increased postural sway in both groups. Both groups reduced postural sway with the anchors, but this effect was independent of fatigue. We conclude that the anchors contributed to the reduction of postural sway in young and older adults, but they were unable to compensate for the disturbing effect in postural control created by fatigue of the plantar flexor muscles.

Pereira is with the Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Moraes is with the School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.

Address author correspondence to Renato Moraes at renatomoraes@usp.br.
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