Japanese Journal of Health Promotion and Physical Therapy
Online ISSN : 2187-3305
Print ISSN : 2186-3741
ISSN-L : 2186-3741
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Relationship between lower limb loading force, gluteal loading force, and bodily functions
KAZUTO TAKEISHIN MURATAHIROSHI OOTAONAOFUMI YSUDAYOSHIHIRO KAI
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2012 Volume 1 Issue 2 Pages 89-92

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Abstract: [Purpose] To examine the clinical significance of the values obtained using a system to measure the lower-limb and gluteal loading forces in a sitting position. [Subjects] Twenty-three females elderly requiring care or support (Long-Term Care Insurance Grade: Care 1 to Support 1;mean age:83.8±8.5;and mean weight:44.0±8.6 kg) were studied. [Methods] The correlation between the lower-limb and gluteal loading forces and physical functions (the ability to maintain an upright sitting posture, walking, and lower limb muscle strength) was examined by calculating Pearson's correlation coefficient. [Results] A significant positive correlation was observed between the lower-limb and gluteal loading forces and each physical function. The lower-limb loading force was also shown to be significantly correlated with the gluteal loading force. <Conclusion> This system may be useful not only for the evaluation of lower-limb function, but also for comprehensive physical assessment covering trunk function.

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