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Effect of Cervical Kinesthetic Motor Imagery on Postural Control of Healthy Young Adults with Fear of Falling

School of Physiotherapy, Serra dos Órgãos University Center (UNIFESO), Teresópolis, 25964-330 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
School of Estácio de Sá, Teresópolis, 25976-110 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University Center Augusto Motta (UNISUAM), 21041-020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Federal Fluminense University/University Antônio Pedro Hospital (UFF/HUAP), Niterói, 24033-900 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Brain Mapping and Funcionality, Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Parnaíba, 64202-020 Piauí, Brazil
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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2017, 2(2), 21;
Received: 11 May 2017 / Revised: 13 June 2017 / Accepted: 14 June 2017 / Published: 19 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances in Human Posture and Movement)
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Motor imagery (MI) is the act of coding the mental aspect of an intended task without executing it. Fear consists of an anxiogenic response to a previous event, which provides a state of alertness to the individual in the face of a threat. These two conditions (imagery and fear) may modulate orthostatic postural control, but their combined effect is still unknown. To investigate whether cervical kinesthetic motor imagery induces modulations in postural control and in the fear of falling (FoF) sensation in healthy young adults. Participants (n = 20) were placed on the Wii Balance Board® and oriented to perform and imagine three tasks for 60 s: (1) closed eyes; (2) cervical flexion; and (3) cervical inclination. The number of performed and imagined repetitions were recorded, and participants responded to a question at the end of each task regarding the FoF. There were four relevant effects: (1) there was no difference between the number of performed and imagined repetitions (p > 0.05) indicating similarities; (2) there was a greater sensation of FoF induced by kinesthetic MI tasks (p < 0.001); (3) there was a greater modulation of the center of pressure (mean velocity and amplitude) in the anteroposterior direction in phobic subjects (p < 0.05); and (4) there was no modulation between the non-phobic subjects in the anteroposterior direction (p > 0.05). The FoF during kinesthetic MI tasks may influence the orthostatic postural control, favoring the reduction in postural stability. View Full-Text
Keywords: motor imagery; fear of falling; postural control motor imagery; fear of falling; postural control

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Silva de Souza, N.; Martins, A.C.G.; Ferreira, C.L.; Motizuki, Y.S.; Machado, C.B.; Orsini, M.; Leite, M.A.A.; Bastos, V.H. Effect of Cervical Kinesthetic Motor Imagery on Postural Control of Healthy Young Adults with Fear of Falling. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2017, 2, 21.

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