Vestibular Contributions during Human Locomotor Tasks

Bent, Leah R.1,6; McFadyen, Bradford J.4,5; Inglis, J Timothy2,3

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Abstract

This review explores vestibular contributions during dynamic tasks with the goal of identifying the underlying roles of vestibular information in task progression and balance control. Vestibular contributions to upper and lower body control during locomotor tasks were found.

In Brief

This review explores the specific roles of vestibular inputs during stepping and walking in the human.

Author Information

1Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute Randwick, NSW, Australia; 2School of Human Kinetics, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; 3International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Vancouver, BC, Canada; 4Department of Rehabilitation, Laval University, Quebec, Canada; 5Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Quebec Rehabilitation Institute, Quebec, Canada; and 6Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

Address for correspondence: Leah R. Bent Ph.D. M.Sc. B.Sc., Assistant Professor, Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON Canada N1G 2W1 (E-mail: lbent@uoguelph.ca).

Accepted for publication: March 18, 2005.

©2005 The American College of Sports Medicine