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Multifractal analysis differentiates postural sway in obese and nonobese children


Fink, PW and D'Hondt, E and Shultz, SP and Lenoir, M and Hills, AP, Multifractal analysis differentiates postural sway in obese and nonobese children, Motor Control, 23, (2) pp. 262-271. ISSN 1087-1640 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/mc.2016-0085


Multifractal analyses have been used in recent years as a way of studying balance, with the goal of understanding the patterns of movement of the center of pressure at different spatial scales. A multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis was used to compare obese and nonobese children to investigate the cause of previously demonstrated deficiencies in balance for obese children. Twenty-two children (11 obese and 11 nonobese), aged 8-15 years, performed 30-s trials of bilateral static balance on a plantar pressure distribution measuring device. Both the obese and nonobese groups demonstrated greater persistence for small fluctuations, but the effect was greater in the obese group. This was particularly evident with the eyes closed, where significant differences between the obese and nonobese were observed for small fluctuations. These results demonstrate that balance deficiencies in obese children may be the result of decreased proprioceptive abilities in obese children.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:motor control, multisensory integration, nonlinear analysis, pediatrics
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:133989
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-18
Last Modified:2020-01-29

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