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The Influence of Proprioceptive Training with the Use of Virtual Reality on Postural Stability of Workers Working at Height

Poznan University of Physical Education, 61-871 Poznan, Poland
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Sensors 2020, 20(13), 3731; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133731
Received: 5 June 2020 / Revised: 26 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 3 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human and Animal Motion Tracking Using Inertial Sensors)
The aim of the study was to assess the impact of proprioceptive training with the use of virtual reality (VR) on the level of postural stability of high–altitude workers. Twenty-one men working at height were randomly assigned to the experimental group (EG) with training (n = 10) and control group (CG) without training (n = 11). Path length of the displacement of the center of pressure (COP) signal and its components in the anteroposterior and medial–lateral directions were measured with use of an AccuGaitTM force plate before and after intervention (6 weeks, 2 sessions × 30 min a week). Tests were performed at two different platform heights, with or without eyes open and with or without a dual task. Two–way ANOVA revealed statistically significant interaction effects for low–high threat, eyes open-eyes closed, and single task-dual task. Post-training values of average COP length were significantly lower in the EG than before training for all analyzed parameters. Based on these results, it can be concluded that the use of proprioceptive training with use of VR can support, or even replace, traditional methods of balance training. View Full-Text
Keywords: postural stability; virtual reality; proprioceptive training; at‒height workers postural stability; virtual reality; proprioceptive training; at‒height workers
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Cyma-Wejchenig, M.; Tarnas, J.; Marciniak, K.; Stemplewski, R. The Influence of Proprioceptive Training with the Use of Virtual Reality on Postural Stability of Workers Working at Height. Sensors 2020, 20, 3731. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133731

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Cyma-Wejchenig M, Tarnas J, Marciniak K, Stemplewski R. The Influence of Proprioceptive Training with the Use of Virtual Reality on Postural Stability of Workers Working at Height. Sensors. 2020; 20(13):3731. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133731

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Cyma-Wejchenig, Magdalena; Tarnas, Jacek; Marciniak, Katarzyna; Stemplewski, Rafał. 2020. "The Influence of Proprioceptive Training with the Use of Virtual Reality on Postural Stability of Workers Working at Height" Sensors 20, no. 13: 3731. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133731

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