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Smartphone Use and Postural Balance in Healthy Young Adults

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Department of Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rheumatology, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, 300041 Timisoara, Romania
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Department of Pediatric Surgery and Orthopedics, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, 300041 Timisoara, Romania
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Department of Vascular Surgery, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, 300041 Timisoara, Romania
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Department of Microbiology, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, 300041 Timisoara, Romania
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3307; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093307
Received: 1 April 2020 / Revised: 30 April 2020 / Accepted: 6 May 2020 / Published: 9 May 2020
Maintaining an upright posture while talking or texting on the phone is a frequent dual-task demand. Using a within-subjects design, the aim of the present study was to assess the impact of a smartphone conversation or message texting on standing plantar pressure and postural balance performance in healthy young adults. Thirty-five subjects (mean age 21.37 ± 1.11 years) were included in this study. Simultaneous foot plantar pressure and stabilometric analysis were performed using the PoData system, under three conditions: no phone (control), talking on a smartphone (talk) and texting and sending a text message via a smartphone (text). Stabilometric parameters (center of pressure (CoP) path length, 90% confidence area and maximum CoP speed) were significantly affected by the use of different smartphone functions (p < 0.0001). The CoP path length and maximum CoP speed were significantly higher under the talk and text conditions when compared to the control. CoP path length, 90% confidence area and maximum CoP speed were significantly increased in talk compared to text and control. Talking on the phone also influenced the weight distribution on the left foot first metatarsal head and heel as compared with message texting. Postural stability in healthy young adults was significantly affected by talking and texting on a smartphone. Talking on the phone proved to be more challenging. View Full-Text
Keywords: postural stability; smartphone; talking; texting postural stability; smartphone; talking; texting
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Onofrei, R.R.; Amaricai, E.; Suciu, O.; David, V.L.; Rata, A.L.; Hogea, E. Smartphone Use and Postural Balance in Healthy Young Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093307

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Onofrei RR, Amaricai E, Suciu O, David VL, Rata AL, Hogea E. Smartphone Use and Postural Balance in Healthy Young Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093307

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Onofrei, Roxana R., Elena Amaricai, Oana Suciu, Vlad L. David, Andreea L. Rata, and Elena Hogea. 2020. "Smartphone Use and Postural Balance in Healthy Young Adults" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 9: 3307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093307

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