Anticipatory Postural Adjustments in Football Players with Cerebral Palsy


Anticipatory Postural Adjustments in Football Players with Cerebral Palsy.

Maintaining balance presupposes the existence of a movement strategy that is effective in controlling the center of mass (CM). Rather the initiation of travel, changes in support conditions require adaptation by the lower limbs, in order to maintain the posture control and the CM in order to maintain the balance. Changes in the muscle activity occurring at the level of postural muscles and they appear before the voluntary movement, by what is known as feedforward mechanism, which is reflected in the anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs). These are intended to maintain the stability and balance, through the center of pressure oscillations (COP) in order to keep the CM into the support base.

Changes of balance and postural control can induce inadequate responses to disturbances resulting most often in functional limitations. Inactivity and functional limitations associated with cerebral palsy is directly related to postural control, and some studies already presented that balance can be improved with exercise.

This project aims to evaluate the anticipatory postural adjustments in individuals with cerebral palsy who practice physical activity. It is intended to verify if physical practice develops the postural control capacities and decreases the disability caused by the pathology.


Cláudia Isabel Cardoso
Raquel da Glória Carvalho


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