Hip abductor weakness and balance control in older adults

How do hip abductor strength and proprioception affect balance control in older adults?

About 30% of older adults fall at least once per year, and balance impairment in the mediolateral direction is suggested to be an important reason for such falls. Hip abductor muscles are involved in mediolateral balance control, while their strength decreases with aging. Therefore, in this study, we investigated whether older adults with higher hip abductor muscle strength and more accurate hip abductor proprioception have better balance control in the mediolateral direction.


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