Carrying loads and postural sway in standing: The effect of load placement and magnitude
The study demonstrated that the load magnitude, its location, and the dimensions of the base of support are
important determinants of standing balance. The stud-ied experimental conditions involved methods of carry-
ing loads in standing that prove to be functional in daily life, as in waiting in line or for a bus. The information
obtained from this study could assist health care profes-sionals, particularly physical therapists, educate their
patients on proper load carriage in order to minimize the demands placed on their body in an effort to main-
tain efficient postural control and better overall health. On the other hand, while the study provides new in-
formation on how postural sway changes with changes in the way we carry loads, obtaining kinematic data in
future studies would provide a better understanding of how we carry loads.
Zultowski I, Aruin A. Carrying loads and postural sway in standing: The effect of load placement and magnitude. Work-a Journal of Prevention Assessment & Rehabilitation. 2008 2008;30(4):359-68. PubMed PMID: WOS:000258695100004.