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Body position and motor imagery strategy effects on imagining gait in healthy adults: Results from a cross-sectional study

Published inPLOS ONE, vol. 13, no. 3, e0191513
Publication date2018
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Assessment of changes in higher levels of gait control with aging is important to better understand age-related gait instability, with the perspective to improve the screening of individuals at risk for falls. The comparison between actual Timed Up and Go test (aTUG) and its imagined version (iTUG) is a simple clinical way to assess age-related changes in gait control. The modulations of iTUG performances by body positions and motor imagery (MI) strategies with normal aging have not been evaluated yet. This study aims 1) to compare the aTUG time with the iTUG time under different body positions (i.e., sitting, standing or supine) in healthy young and middle age, and older adults, and 2) to examine the associations of body positions and MI strategies (i.e., egocentric versus allocentric) with the time needed to complete the iTUG and the delta TUG time (i.e., relative difference between aTUG and iTUG) while taking into consideration clinical characteristics of participants.

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BEAUCHET, Olivier et al. Body position and motor imagery strategy effects on imagining gait in healthy adults: Results from a cross-sectional study. In: PLOS ONE, 2018, vol. 13, n° 3, p. e0191513. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191513
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