BAREFOOT VERSUS SHOD COMPARISONS ON BIPEDAL POSTUROGRAPHY USING BALANCE TRACKING SYSTEM (BTRACKS)
Hunter Derby1, Sachini Kodithuwakku Arachchige2, Daniel Young1, Sydni Carter1, Luke Ramsey1, Adam C. Knight1, Harish Chander1. 1Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. 2Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
BACKGROUND: Footwear that serves as the interface between the human body and the environment have previously been reported to influence postural stability and balance performance. The balance tracking system (BTrackS) is an affordable low-cost force platform that has been validated against gold standard force plates, to provide accurate and reliable balance testing with testing normally performed in an unshod condition. The purpose of the study was compare shod versus barefoot conditions during bipedal posturography using the BTrackS. METHODS: Twenty healthy males and females [age: 21±1.2 years, height: 178±8.3 cm, mass: 84±14.9 kg] completed the balance and fall risk (BFR) and the modified clinical test of sensory integration of balance (mCTSIB) [eyes open (EO), eyes closed (EC), eyes open foam (EOF), eyes closed foam (ECF)] on the BTrackS in both barefoot and shod conditions (participant’s own habitual athletic footwear). Center of pressure postural sway path length (cm) from both BFR and mCTSIB were analyzed independently using a one-way repeated measures ANOVA to compare barefoot versus shod conditions at an alpha level of 0.05. RESULTS: A significant difference between barefoot and shod conditions were evident in EC (p=0.04), EOF (p=0.03), and ECF (p
Derby, H; Arachchige, SK; Young, D; Carter, S; Ramsey, L; Knight, AC; and Chander, H
"BAREFOOT VERSUS SHOD COMPARISONS ON BIPEDAL POSTUROGRAPHY USING BALANCE TRACKING SYSTEM (BTRACKS),"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 16:
2, Article 231.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol16/iss2/231