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Evaluation of Dynamic Balance Among Community-Dwelling
Older Adult Fallers: A Generalizability Study of the
Limits of Stability Test

Sean Clark, PhD, Debra J. Rose, PhD
ABSTRACT. Clark S, Rose DJ. Evaluation of dynamic difficulties and are often at increased risk for falls when per- balance among community-dwelling older adult fallers: a gen- forming ADLs that require dynamic postural control. Decre- eralizability study of the Limits of Stability Test. Arch Phys ments in dynamic postural control have been attributed to both age and pathology-associated changes in spatial and temporal Objective: To establish reliability estimates of the 75%
parameters associated with movements of the COG within the Limits of Stability® Test (75% LOS test) when administered to stability region. Compared with younger adults, healthy older community-dwelling older adults with a history of falls.
adults exhibit smaller voluntary COG excursions, reach max- Design: Generalizability theory was used to estimate both
imal lean more slowly, and exhibit less postural control once the relative contribution of identified error sources to the total they have reached maximum lean.2,3 Dynamic postural control measurement error and generalizability coefficients. A random is even further compromised as a result of underlying pathol- effects repeated-measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) was ogy and/or physical deconditioning in older adult populations.4 used to assess consistency of LOS test movement variables The ability to quantify reliably age- and/or pathology-associ- ated declines in dynamic postural control has implications for Setting: A motor control research laboratory in a university
both the early identification of individuals at risk for falls and for the evaluation of treatment interventions.
Participants: Fifty community-dwelling older adults with 2
Recent advances in computerized forceplate technology have provided researchers and clinicians a way to quantify Main Outcome Measures: Spatial and temporal measures
objectively an individual’s performance during various dy- of dynamic balance derived from the 75% LOS test included namic balance tasks. One dynamic balance assessment test average movement velocity, maximum center of gravity increasingly reported in the clinical and research literature is (COG) excursion, end-point COG excursion, and directional the Limits of Stability® Test (LOS test). The LOS test provides spatial and temporal measures (eg, movement velocity, maxi- Results: Estimated generalizability coefficients for 2 testing
mum excursion, directional control) of COG movements as a days ranged from .58 to .87. Total variance in LOS test mea- person volitionally leans to various positions in space. Previous sures attributable to inconsistencies in day-to-day test perfor- investigators5-7 have used these temporal and spatial measures mance (Day and Subject ϫ Day facets) ranged from 2.5% to from the LOS test to elucidate dynamic balance capabilities in 8.4%. The ANOVA results indicated that no significant differ- both healthy and patient populations. Although sophisticated ences were observed in the LOS test variables across the 2 measures of dynamic postural control can be derived from performance on the LOS test, the clinical value of these move- Conclusions: The 75% LOS test administered to older adult
ment-related variables depends on their reliability.8 fallers on 2 consecutive days provides consistent and reliable The reliability of the LOS test has been studied both in young populations and in healthy older adult populations.7,9-11 Key Words: Accidental falls; Balance; Elderly; Rehabilita-
However, previous investigators,9-11 with the exception of Clark et al,7 based their reliability estimates on performance 2001 by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medi- variables that are no longer available on current versions of the cine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and LOS test software.a Potential problems associated with the calculations of the original LOS test movement variables (ie,movement time, path sway, target sway, distance error) may THE ABILITY TO CONTROL intentional movements of have produced biases in previous reliability estimates of the
the center of gravity (COG) when leaning or performing LOS test. For example, earlier test versions required that sub- weight-shifting activities is critical to the successful perfor- jects actually reach each of the 8 test targets to receive a mance of various functional tasks associated with activities of performance score. Failure to reach the target resulted in a daily living (ADLs).1 Many older adults, however, experience default score of 8 seconds in the case of the movement timevariable, and subsequently an inaccurate estimate of the per-formance variables. The current LOS test movement variablesno longer require that subjects actually reach the target, pro- From the Department of Movement Science, Gordon College, Wenham, MA viding a more accurate assessment of dynamic postural con- (Clark); and Center for Successful Aging, California State University, Fullerton, Although the study by Clark7 indicates that the LOS test, Accepted in revised form May 30, 2000.
performed at either 75% or 100% of maximum limits of sta- No commercial party having a direct financial interest in the results of the research supporting this article has or will confer a benefit upon the author(s) or upon any bility, is reliable when administered to healthy older adults on organization with which the author(s) is/are associated.
2 separate occasions, clinical measurements and the treatment Reprint requests to Sean Clark, PhD, Dept of Movement Science, Gordon College, of balance-related disorders are almost exclusively performed 255 Grapevine Rd, Wenham, MA 01984, e-mail: with patient populations or with individuals at risk for falls.
0003-9993/01/8204-5839$35.00/0doi:10.1053/apmr.2001.21859 Differences in movement strategies between older adults with Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 82, April 2001
and without a history of falls during dynamic postural tasksmay have implications for the consistency and/or stability (ie,reliability) of dynamic balance measures. Consequently, inves-tigators must be cautious when generalizing reliability esti-mates of the LOS test from older adults with no prior history offalls to those who have experienced repeated falls.
The present study sought to estimate the reliability of the LOS test when administered to older adults experiencing dis-turbances in balance and gait. The 75% LOS test was selectedbecause it is likely to more than adequately challenge thepostural control system in a group of older adults experiencingdisorders of balance and gait.
Fifty older adults (35 women, 15 men; age range, 62–90yr; mean age Ϯ standard deviation, 77.5 Ϯ 6.6yr) volunteered toparticipate in the present study. These subjects were a subgroup Fig 1. Target set-up and dynamic balance measures for the LOS
selected from a larger sample of community-dwelling older adults (n ϭ 75) recruited to participate in a balance interventionprogram. Participants for the intervention program were solic-ited through newspaper advertisements and presentations tophysician groups within the community. Once enrolled in the individual being tested. The video screen provided an on- balance intervention program, individuals completed a com- screen visual display of the test set-up as well as concurrent prehensive background and medical history questionnaire. The visual biofeedback of the subject’s COG position. The on- primary investigators reviewed the questionnaires and 50 older screen test set-up (fig 1) consisted of 8 visual targets (ie, small adults were identified as meeting the specific selection criteria squares) displayed in a circular fashion positioned at 75% of for the present study. These inclusion criteria included: having the subject’s theoretic limits of stability. The appropriate 75% had 2 or more falls within the previous year; living indepen- LOS test target locations for each subject were derived by dently in the community (ie, noninstitutionalized setting); hav- using the PRO Balance Master software.12 Calculations of the ing no known medical diagnosis that might account for balance limits of stability target locations were based on the subject’s difficulties (eg, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis); predicted COG height (ie, derived from standing height) and having no known cognitive impairments; not currently taking previously determined maximum COG sway angles.12 any medications known to adversely affect balance or to com- Before testing, subjects were informed that the on-screen pensate for balance-related problems (eg, Antivert [meclizine COG cursor (ie, visual biofeedback) moved in response to the hydrochloride], certain classes of psychotropic drugs); and movements of their body COG. They were then encouraged to normal or corrected vision (eg, glasses, contact lens). Addi- produce movements of the cursor by leaning the body away tionally, participants had to be able to ambulate without an from the midline. This 3- to 5-minute familiarization period assistive device and to maintain an upright stance indepen- provided subjects with an opportunity to explore movements of dently for a minimum of 2 minutes. Before participating in the the on-screen COG cursor to promote an understanding of the investigation, each participant signed an informed consent doc- relationship between movements of the cursor and the actual ument approved by the university’s institutional review board.
Testing procedures as described in the PRO Balance Master Instrumentation
operators manual were initiated by having subjects position theCOG cursor in the center target.12 Subjects were subsequently Spatial and temporal measures of dynamic postural control instructed to move the COG cursor as quickly and directly as were obtained from each subject’s LOS test performance on the possible in the direction of the highlighted target as soon as the PRO Balance Master® system,a version 6.11. The PRO Bal- start signal appeared on the screen.12 The start signal was in the ance Master system has 4 symmetrically positioned force trans- form of a small blue circle that moved from the center target to ducers that measure vertical pressures applied by a standing the highlighted test target. Once subjects moved the position of person to the support surface. These vertical pressure data were the COG cursor either within the test target or as close to it as used to derive anteroposterior and mediolateral coordinates of possible (ie, reached maximal lean), they were instructed to the center of pressure, which were subsequently used to cal- hold their position as still as possible until the blue circle and culate the spatial and temporal characteristics of the projected start signal disappeared from the screen. The subject then COG movements. The forceplate system was also interfaced repositioned the COG cursor in the center target and waited for with a model 486 PC computer to acquire and store test data.
the start signal for the next highlighted target. The standardLOS test protocol required participants to lean out toward each Procedures
of the 8 targets in a sequential clockwise direction.
A standard 75% LOS test was administered on the PRO During the test, subjects were required to stand with their Balance Master on 2 consecutive days. During each testing arms by their sides and to maintain their feet in the standard- session, subjects were assisted onto the force platform and ized foot position. A reference grid superimposed on the force asked to maintain an upright stance with their arms resting by plate allowed for careful monitoring of the feet during the their sides and their feet in a standardized foot position as testing procedures. If the subject lost balance while leaning (eg, recommended by the equipment manufacturer.12 A video took a step) or shifted foot position during testing, his/her feet screen was positioned at eye level, directly in front of the were repositioned and the trial was repeated. Also, as a pro- Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 82, April 2001
tective measure against potential falls, subjects wore a properly of days) from which balance measures could have been ob- fitted safety harness during all testing procedures.
tained. Similarly, the 8 test targets were identified as a randomrepresentative sample of all possible target or spatial positions Dependent Variables
located at 75% of the subject’s theoretic limits of stability.
After identification of each of the facets in the measurement The following spatial and temporal measures of dynamic design, a fully crossed 50 ϫ 2 ϫ 8 (Subjects ϫ Day ϫ Targets) balance were derived for each of the 8 test targets comprising the LOS test: average movement velocity (MV), directional (ANOVA) was performed. This analysis technique provided control (DC), end point excursion (EE), and maximum excur- calculated mean square values for each source of measurement sion (ME). MV, expressed in degrees per second, quantified the variation in the design (ie, each facet and their interactions).
speed at which a subject was able to displace the COG (ie, Variance components for the object of measurement (ie, sub- lean) during the first sustained movement excursion toward the jects), Day (D), Target (T), Subject by Day (S ϫ D), Subject by test target. The degree to which the COG was controlled during Target (S ϫ T), Day by Target (D ϫ T), and the Subject by the first sustained movement excursion was expressed as DC.
Day by Target interaction combined with the residual random The DC value was derived from the amount of on-axis move- error (S ϫ D ϫ T-E) were then estimated based on the ment of the COG relative to off-axis COG movement and was expected mean squares and calculated mean squares for each expressed as a percentage of the total on-axis movement. EE source of variance. When negative variance components were and ME provided measures of the distance each participant was obtained, a 0 value was substituted for the negative value and able to lean through his/her theoretic limits of stability. EE the 0 value was used for any further calculations involving indicated the on-axis distance the COG was displaced from the center target during the first sustained movement excursion After identification of the various facets and calculations of toward the test target. The ME data quantified the maximal the variance components, a G study was performed. In the G distance that COG was displaced from the center target in the study, the relative contribution of each variance component to on-axis direction of the test target. Both EE and ME were the total measurement error was determined.14,16,19 These esti- expressed as a percentage of the test target distance (ie, 75% mates of the percentage of variance attributed to subjects, D, T, limits of stability). Each limits of stability variable provided S ϫ D, S ϫ T, D ϫ T, and S ϫ D ϫ T-E indicated which specific information regarding the subject’s ability to control measurement condition(s) were contributing to the variability intentional movements of his/her COG to the 8 predetermined positions in space (ie, to the 8 on-screen visual targets). See Decision study.
figure 1 for a graphic illustration of DC, ME, and EE.
tion of the G study. The D study enables the investigator todetermine the optimal measurement design. Specifically, the D Data Analysis
study yields generalizability coefficients (G coefficients) that Reliability estimates across the 2 test days and 8 test targets reflect the reliability or generalizability of the measures for a were determined for each of the 75% LOS test movement specified measurement design.15-17 The calculated G coefficient variables. Analyses of both measurement consistency and gen- serves as a reliability index and can be interpreted as a reli- eralizability were conducted by using a fully crossed 50 ϫ 2 ϫ ability coefficient across the universe(s) of the various facets 8 (Subjects ϫ Day ϫ Target) random effects repeated-mea- included in the study.14-17 In the present investigation, G coef- sures design. The GENOVA computer program, version 2.2, ficients were calculated across the universe of days and targets where the Day facet was varied across the 2 days and the Generalizability analysis.
Target facet was generalized across the 8 targets.
sessments, a patient’s test score may be viewed as a sample Measurement consistency.
score from the universe (ie, infinite distribution) of possible ally recognize that some variability in test scores occurs when scores under the specific measurement protocol used.14-17 Con- conducting repeated evaluations, the magnitude of the ob- sequently, a test score may be influenced by multiple sources of served differences in these scores should not be statistically or measurement error. Differences between the observed score clinically significant.17,21,22 Because a reliable measurement and the expected or universe score (ie, true score) may be system, by definition, provides consistent test scores that are attributed to measurement errors associated with the specific free from error across multiple evaluations, investigators inter- conditions or “facets”—ie, raters, days, trials— under which ested in establishing reliability estimates must evaluate the the testing was performed.14,16,18 Generalizability analysis en- consistency of test results obtained from repeated assessments.
ables the researcher to identify and estimate the relative con- In the present study, measurement consistency (ie, differences tribution of various sources of measurement error within a in mean scores) of the 4 LOS test movement variables across single model (ie, generalizability study [G study]); and to the 2 days of testing and the 8 targets was assessed by per- determine the optimal measurement schedule for controlling forming tests of statistical significance for the calculated quasi measurement error and for increasing reliability (ie, decision F ratios based on the mean squares from the random effects study [D study]).14-18 A more detailed review of generalizabil- ANOVA output.23 To prevent the inflation of type I error, the alpha level of significance was adjusted to p Ͻ .01. Tukey’s Generalizability study.
post hoc comparisons of means were conducted when signifi- quired the identification of each source of error or “facet” that cant differences were observed in either the Day and/or Target may have contributed to the variability in the subjects’ scores.
main effects. Post hoc comparisons were also conducted at an Each facet was then identified as either a random or fixed adjusted alpha level of p Ͻ .01.
measurement effect. In the present investigation, days and Absolute reliability.
targets were identified as random facets. That is, these facets solute reliability of the measures, the standard error of the were identified as being a random representative sample of all measurement (SEM) was calculated for each LOS test move- possible observations of that facet.18,19 The 2 testing days in the ment variable. Each SEM was derived as the positive square present measurement design were considered to be representa- root of the absolute error variance for each of the respective tive of a random selection of all possible test days (ie, universe LOS test movement variables.14,18,19 The calculated SEM val- Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 82, April 2001
Table 1: Mean Values for Days Collapsed Across 8 Targets
Table 3: Variance Components and Percentage of
Variation for ME
NOTE. Data presented as means Ϯ standard deviation.
ues reflect the amount of error that can be expected in the target 5 were also significantly larger than the DC values for Measurement Consistency
Table 1 contains mean values and standard deviations for each LOS test performance variable for the 2 days of testingcollapsed across the 8 test targets. Nonsignificant F ratios for G study results, including the estimated variance compo- the Day main effect in each ANOVA result indicated that LOS nents and the percentages of variation for each facet, are test performance as measured by each of its 4 movement presented in tables 2–5. As indicated in these tables, the total variables was consistent across the 2 days of testing. In contrast variation in LOS test performance attributed to the Day facet to the findings for the Day effect, variability in LOS test was less than 1% for each of the LOS test movement variables performance across the 8 test targets was determined to be examined. These findings indicate that the contributions of the statistically significant for all 4 LOS test movement variables Day variance to the total measurement error for each LOS test examined. The ANOVA results for the Target main effect variable were negligible. Moreover, a summation of the Day indicated significant differences in MV (F facet with both the S ϫ D and D ϫ T interactions yielded percentage variance values that ranged from only 2.55% to 8.39% across the 4 LOS test variables. Collectively, the G Follow-up Tukey post hoc comparisons were conducted study findings indicate that the total variance in LOS test independently for each LOS test movement variable to identify performance associated with administering the 75% LOS test which target differences contributed to the significant Target on 2 separate days was minimal (Ͻ9%).
main effect. Post hoc analysis for MV indicated that the COG In comparison to variance estimates for the Day facet, vari- excursions toward the forward and rear targets (targets 1 and 5, ability in LOS test performance attributed to differences across respectively) were significantly slower than the COG excur- the 8 test targets accounted for a larger proportion of the total sions toward all other targets. Results from post hoc compar- measurement error in each LOS test movement variable (tables isons for EE indicated that initial COG excursions within the 2–5). Approximately 5% (ME) to 14% (DC) of the total vari- 75% theoretic limits of stability were also significantly smaller ation in the LOS test measures was attributable to the Target for targets 1 and 5 when compared with both the lateral targets facet. Additionally, the S ϫ T interaction yielded estimated (targets 3, 7) and the forward diagonal targets (targets 2, 8).
variance values that ranged from approximately 8% (MV) to Additionally, EE values for the rear diagonal targets (targets 4, 16% (ME). The larger variance estimates associated with the 6) were significantly smaller than values for the right forward S ϫ T interaction indicated that subjects varied in their abilities target (target 2). Post hoc analyses further revealed that ME to control COG movements to the different test targets.
values were significantly larger for target 2 than for all other The largest proportion of measurement variability in each of test targets, except the right lateral target (target 3). Also, ME the LOS test movement variables was attributed to the residual values for target 3 were significantly larger than ME values for error variance (S ϫ D ϫ T-E). The S ϫ D ϫ T-E interaction the rear target (target 5). Finally, post hoc comparisons for DC contributed between 39.91% (ME) and 53.26% (MV) to the indicated that COG movement control when leaning toward total variation in the dependent variables examined (see tables targets 4 and 6 was poorer (ie, significantly larger) than that 2–5). These results indicated that a large percentage of the observed for all other targets, except for target 5. DC values for variability in the LOS test was associated with (1) the highestorder interaction term (ie, S ϫ D ϫ T), (2) sources of mea- Table 2: Variance Components and Percentage of
Variation for MV
Table 4: Variance Components and Percentage of Variation for EE
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Table 5: Variance Components and Percentage of
small samples or samples that fail to represent the population Variation for DC
adequately may be a concern in generalizability analyses be-cause they may include potential inaccuracies or instabilities in the variance estimates.26 Although formulas for sample size estimates are not readily found in the generalizability theory literature, previous investigators25,27,28 have reported that sam- ples of 30 to 50 participants are appropriate when using intra- class correlation analyses to establish test reliability. Given that generalizability theory is an extension of the intraclass reliabil- ity model, the inclusion of 50 subjects in the present study is consistent with both suggested intraclass correlation sample size estimates and sample sizes previously reported in G stud-ies.7,19 surement error or facets not identified in the present investiga- Generalizability Analysis
tion, or (3) random measurement error.
Similar to the work of Clark et al,7 reliability in the present investigation was estimated by using generalizability analysis.
Unlike reliability estimates from classical test theory, general- D Study results for each of the 4 LOS test movement izability analysis provides researchers and clinicians with es- variables are presented in table 6. As indicated in this table, a timates of both the magnitude and the relative contribution of single administration of the 75% LOS test (ie, 8 targets) identified sources of measurement error.14,15,18 This informa- yielded estimated G coefficients ranging from .44 (DC) to .80 tion helps investigators determine a measurement protocol that (ME), whereas, G coefficients derived for the present measure- provides optimal, adequate, and/or cost-effective reliability ment protocol (8 targets, 2 test days) ranged from .58 (DC) to .87 (ME). The calculated G coefficient for DC indicated a Day facet.
Generalizability analysis in the present investi- moderate reliability estimate24; whereas the G coefficients for gation provided estimates of the total variance in LOS test the MV, ME, and EE measures yielded high reliability esti- movement scores attributable to differences or inconsistencies mates when generalized across the complete LOS test and 2 in day-to-day test performance. Estimates of the Day variance are valuable for researchers and clinicians because variation inday-to-day performance contributes to measurement error and Standard Error of Measurement
consequently may have negative implications on the reliability Calculations of the SEM values for each of the 4 LOS test of measures. Variance estimates derived for the Day facet in movement variables were based on the estimated variance the present investigation indicated, however, that when the components derived from the G study implementing the full 75% LOS test is administered to older adult fallers, little measurement protocol (8 test targets, 2 days of testing). The variation is evident in performance scores across days. Our calculated mean score for each of the 2 test days and the findings ranged from 2.5% to 8.4%. Clark7 reported similar respective SEM values for each movement variable are pre- findings. The investigators reported that the Day facet was a sented in table 1. Comparison of the SEM values with the relatively small source of measurement error (2%–12%) when calculated mean scores for test days indicated that the SEM administering the 75% LOS test to a sample of healthy com- values were relatively small for each of the reported LOS test munity-dwelling older adults. Additionally, findings from both investigations indicate that the LOS test movement variablesare reliable across repeated evaluations. The implications for DISCUSSION
practitioners are that, though variation in scores during re- The present investigation was prompted by the need to peated evaluations of the 75% LOS test is expected, the extent establish reliability estimates of the 75% LOS test when con- of differences in movement variables is statistically and pre- ducted with independent community-dwelling older adults with a history of falls. Although the reliability of this test has Target and Subject by Target facets.
previously been established when conducted with healthy com- mates attributed to the subjects by targets interaction indicated munity-dwelling older adults,6 no attempt has been made to that subjects differed in their LOS test performance scores as a determine the reliability of the 75% LOS test when conducted function of the 8 LOS test targets. These differences or incon- with older adults who experience disorders of balance and gait.
sistencies in the subjects’ performance may be attributed to the Results of the present analyses indicate that the spatial and inability of some subjects to move the COG to various posi- temporal measures of COG movement for the LOS test con- tions in space located at 75% of their theoretical limits of ducted at 75% of the subject’s theoretic limits of stability stability. Age-related declines in the voluntary excursions of provide consistent and reliable measures of dynamic balance the COG to various regions within the limits of stability have when performed by independent community-dwelling older been previously identified.2,3 Consequently, the 8 target posi- adults with a history of falls. The reported G coefficients for the tions of the 75% LOS test derived from the subject’s theoretic 4 LOS test movement variables when generalized across 2 daysof testing and 8 limits of stability targets ranged from moderateto high. Additionally, results of the ANOVA indicated that the Table 6: Coefficients for Days and 8 Targets
measures of dynamic balance derived from the LOS test wereconsistent across the 2 test days.
Caution is often advised when interpreting or generalizing reliability estimates because issues may exist regarding both the size and homogeneity of the subject sample.25 The use of Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 82, April 2001
maximum stability limits may have exceeded the actual limits sessment scores do not overlap (ϮSEM) with scores obtained of stability of some older adult subjects.
during the preintervention evaluations.
Variability in the LOS test measures associated with the Target facet and the Subject by Target interaction may also be Clinical Implications
attributed to differences in the selection of postural strategies The present investigation provides clinicians with estimates for producing displacements of the COG. Although subjects in of the relative contribution of several error sources associated the present study were encouraged to produce movements of with LOS test performance. A clinician’s knowledge of these the COG cursor by leaning or rotating about the ankle joints relative variance contributions affords the opportunity to mod- (ie, use an ankle strategy), some subjects may have explored ify a measurement protocol to minimize measurement error and the effectiveness of different postural strategies for producing obtain acceptable levels of reliability when administering the displacements of the COG cursor. For example, a subject may 75% LOS test to independent community-dwelling older adults have adopted an ankle strategy to produce COG movements to with a previous history of falls. For example, a clinician can the mediolateral targets, but may have selected a hip strategy conclude from the present findings that the residual error vari- for COG excursions to the anteroposterior targets. Several ance is a significant source of measurement error. It is possible, possible explanations to account for the exploration of postural therefore, to reduce this residual error variance by standardiz- strategies during the LOS test could be forwarded, including: ing both testing instructions and procedures and by providing adopting a biomechanically “safer” strategy (ie, hip strategy) sufficient practice time for patients to understand the relation- for situations of perceived instability or fear of falling; com- ship between their movements and the movement of the COG pensating for self-perceived cognitive and physical demands cursor. Also, by recognizing the relatively low variance esti- associated with implementing only an ankle strategy; and/or mates associated with the Day facet, a clinician may determine limitations in movement strategies because of undiagnosed that 3 days of testing is not more cost effective than 2 days, according to generalizability estimates.
Unexplained Variance
In the present investigation, the unexplained variance com- The 75% LOS test administered to older adult fallers on 2 ponent (S ϫ D ϫ T-E) accounted for the largest percentage of consecutive days is a reliable test of dynamic balance. The G variability in each of the LOS test movement variables. A coefficients for the MV, ME, and EE measures indicated high portion of this measurement variability may be attributable to reliability estimates when generalizing across the 2 days of random measurement error. Possible sources of random mea- testing. Performance scores for the test’s 4 LOS test movement surement error in the present investigation include inherent variables were consistent across the 2 test days. A minimum of electrical noise in the PRO Balance Master system, distur- 2 testing days (or 2 administrations of the test on the same day) bances in the testing environment, subject’s motivation level, is recommended to obtain reliable and consistent measures of and misinterpretations of the COG visual biofeedback.
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