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Motor Control. 2004 Jul;8(3):292-311.

The sway-density curve and the underlying postural stabilization process.

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Center of Bioengineering, Hospital La Colletta, Arenzano, Italy.


The sway-density curve (SDC) is computed by counting, for each time instant, the number of consecutive samples of the statokinesigram falling inside a circle of small radius R. The authors evaluated the sensitivity of the curve to the variation of R and found that in the range 3-5 mm the sensitivity was low, indicating that SDC is a robust descriptor of posturographic patterns. In addition, they investigated the relationship between SDC and the underlying postural stabilization process by decomposing the total ankle torque into three components: a tonic component (over 69 & of the total torque), an elastic torque caused by ankle stiffness (about 19 &), and an anticipatory active torque (about 12 &). The last component, although the smallest in size, is the most critical for the overall stability of the standing posture and appears to be correlated with the SDC curve.

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