Plymouth State University with the help of the New Hampshire INBRE group have begun a number of research studies on various topics. This current study is on falls in the elder population. The purpose of the study is to determine if there is a relationship predicting falls risk between the quantitative MatScan® and two commonly used qualitative clinical assessments, the Timed Up and Go and the Berg Balance Scale. Participants, ages 65-79 years old, able to ambulate with no more than a cane assist were recruited. Prior to testing, a Health and Activity Questionnaire and Balance Confidence scale were obtained. During one physical testing session, subjects completed a center of (foot) pressure testing using the Sway Analysis Module- SAM™ MatScan® System assessment, a Timed Up and Go (TUG), and the Berg Balance Scale (Berg).
We are actively recruiting subjects who have a history of falling! Please click here for more information!
"1) increase opportunities for students and faculty at Partner institutions to participate in original scientific research;
2) expand the base of ongoing research and research capacity at the Lead and Partner institutions and support the associated research cultures;
3) increase the frequency at which students who graduate from Partner institutions continue doing biomedical research in graduate education or employment;
4) enhance the science and technology training of the NH workforce;
5) enhance the bioinformatics infrastructure that is required for modern biomedical research."
For more information on the New Hampshire INBRE program you can visit: http://nhinbre.org/
This is all made possible with the support of the National Institute of Health (NIH). For more information on the National Institute of Health you can visit their website at: http://www.nih.gov/