The Narrow Ridge Balance Test: A measure for one-leg lateral balance control

Carolin Curtze*, Klaas Postema, Hilda W. Akkermans, Bert Otten, At L. Hof

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The assessment of balance capacity for people with widely different balance abilities is an important issue in clinical practice We propose the narrow ridge balance test as a sensitive tool to assess one-leg balance capacity In this test participants are asked to perform single-leg stance on ridges of gradually decreasing width (100 80 60 40 20 10 and 4 mm) An outcome measure was developed base on time in balance in relation to the gradually decreasing ridge width To evaluate the sensitivity and discriminating power of the test we applied it to two groups of participants a group of young participants (age 20-30 years) and group of healthy elderly participants (age 60-80 years) The test showed to sensitively differentiate between the two groups showing lower scores for the elderly Furthermore the test appeared to identify large within-group differences A special feature of this setup is that the difficulty of the test increases with the balance capacity of the participant In this way each participant is exposed to the maximally challenging task and a broader variety of balance control mechanisms come into play Finally the outcome score of the new test was contrasted to conventional measures of standing balance showing good agreement (C) 2010 Elsevier B V All rights reserved

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-631
Number of pages5
JournalGait & Posture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2010


  • Balance
  • Base of support
  • Ridge
  • Balance test
  • Age
  • RISK

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