Current Research Projects
Head: prof. dr. Tjaša Griessler Bulc
Period: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020
Subprogramme: The influence of various somatosensory stimuli on postural sway
Head: prof. dr. Darja Rugelj
Funding: ARRS P3-0388
Sensory-motor interaction is important for the development of skillful movement and is also an fundamental for the restoration of the motor function following injury or disuse. Several therapeutic modalities are currently available and have varying degrees of scientific support. Therefore, the purpose is to examine the effects of various therapeutic procedures on maintaining upright posture and balance in young and older adults. The second purpose is to identify potential differences in response to stimuli between the two groups. We will study four different types of sensory stimuli: standing on soft and compliant surface, kinesio taping, sub-threshold (below the limit of conscious perception) electrical stimulation and sub-threshold vibratory stimulation. We want to evaluate processes that can provide additional sensory stimuli and thereby influence the posture and balance, optimize their parameters and application modes.
Subthreshold low and medium frequency vibration stimuli and their influence on postural sway
Subtreshold TENS stimulation and its influence on postural sway
Effect of kinesio taping over the calf muscles on the postural sway during quiet standing.
The effect of successive repetitions of standing on compliant surface with open and closed eyes on postural sway.
Selected previous research projects
In this project prevention program for decreasing the number of knee and ankle injuries was introduced to the coaches of Judo Association of Slovenia. In addition, the prevention program for decreasing the number of knee and ankle injuries introduced to the athletes once a week for a period of three months in the basketball and badminton clubs in Slovenia. Before and after the implementation of prevention program stabilometry measurements will be performed.
Dual tasking and its influence on postural steadiness and spatio-temporal gait variables for younger and elderly adults. The purpose of the project is to determine dual task costs for different types of cognitive tasks on posture and gait. We will study the effect of cognitive tasks that are functionally used in daily life such as calculation tasks, conversation, telephone conversation and text messaging, The postural sway during stance will be measure with force plate (Kistler). The influence of dual-tasking on gait will be studied with instrumental walkway (GaitRite ®). Variability of spatio-temporal gait parameters will be studied. Based on above results we will design specific exercise program for elderly community dwelling adults.
Research programme combines a simulation methodology with qualitative methods, expert systems into a new paradigm for decision support in e-business environment. In Biomechanics laboratory we shall continue with the development of the systems for assessing the balance and gait parameters.
Purpose of this study is to assess sports injury risk factors among basketball players in the following selections U–15, U–16 and U-18. Knee anterior laxity will be assessed with GNRB arthrometer and balance when standing on one leg and landing to one leg will be measured with stabilometry. Results will be analysed and combined with the data of previous knee and ankle injuries. Using the results of the testing, sport specific injury prevention programs for decreasing knee and ankle injuries will be presented to basketball players on the workshops.
Until recently, it was believed that the only way to decrease increased knee joint laxity after anterior cruciate ligament injury has been with surgical tightening of the knee; procedures that are expensive, not always successful and potentially harmful. Purpose of the study is to investigate whether knee anterior laxity in subjects with partial rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament can be decreased with passive loading of knee joint. Prior and after three months of passive knee loading exercises, volume of the anterior cruciate ligament will be measured with the MRI, while knee anterior laxity will be measured with GNRB arthrometer.
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