The body sway during standing displays fractal properties that can possibly describe motion complexity. This study aimed to use the Higuchi's fractal dimension (HFD) and Tortuosity on lower back accelerations recorded on younger (< 35 y) and older adults (> 64 y). One wearable sensor was secured on participants lower back (i.e., fifth lumbar vertebra), which were asked to perform three different postural tasks while standing barefoot as still as possible with and without performing a visual oddball task. Results of HFD and Tortuosity, applied to global anterior-posterior and medial-lateral accelerations of the body, were not dependent from signal amplitude, nor from any parametrization and allowed distinguishing between different postural tasks (p < 0.001). The proposed fractal analysis is promising to describe the complexity of postural control in both younger and older adults, paving the way to a wider use in pathological populations.

Fractal Analysis of Lower Back Acceleration Profiles in balance tasks

Di Marco, Roberto
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Rubega, Maria;Antonini, Angelo;Formaggio, Emanuela;Masiero, Stefano;Del Felice, Alessandra
2021

Abstract

The body sway during standing displays fractal properties that can possibly describe motion complexity. This study aimed to use the Higuchi's fractal dimension (HFD) and Tortuosity on lower back accelerations recorded on younger (< 35 y) and older adults (> 64 y). One wearable sensor was secured on participants lower back (i.e., fifth lumbar vertebra), which were asked to perform three different postural tasks while standing barefoot as still as possible with and without performing a visual oddball task. Results of HFD and Tortuosity, applied to global anterior-posterior and medial-lateral accelerations of the body, were not dependent from signal amplitude, nor from any parametrization and allowed distinguishing between different postural tasks (p < 0.001). The proposed fractal analysis is promising to describe the complexity of postural control in both younger and older adults, paving the way to a wider use in pathological populations.
2021
2021 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC)
978-1-7281-1179-7
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