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CONTROL OF GAZE AND POSTURE IN TYPE 2 DIABETIC PATIENTS: COORDINATION OF EYES, HEAD, AND TRUNK

Grant number: 12/03095-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2012
Effective date (End): May 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal researcher:Sérgio Tosi Rodrigues
Grantee:Thais Cristina Delacosta
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Large changes of the line of gaze in space require coordination of eyes, head and trunk. Regarding situations in which only eyes move, there are evidences that saccades may affect postural control in order to obtain stability for perceiving and acting, but the influences of eye, head, and trunk coordination are not stablished so far. Studyng populations with specific difficulties of stabilizing posture, such as diabetic patients, may contribute to understand perceptual and motor mechanisms involved, as well as providing the scientific bases for earlydiagnosis of this growing desease in our society. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of eye, head, and trunk movements on postural control of non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic participants, without peripheral neuropathy.

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