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The effect of positive and negative self-talk on postural control and balance among college-aged adults

The project will aim to examine the role of self-talk or positive self-motivation on controlling body balance while performing specific balance tasks. Previous research has examined how self-talk can impact performance on sport-related movements (i.e. golf or tennis swings), but only a small portion of studies have examined how this strategy can improve balance. These studies have looked at specific populations, such as individuals with learning disabilities and individuals with limb amputations, so the question remains if the self-talk strategy can impact how generally healthy individuals control balance. Participants will test the self-talk strategies while performing tasks in natural environments. These tasks will be specifically designed to elicit postural responses. Therefore, the purpose of this study will be to examine the effects of positive and negative self-talk on balance performance in college-aged adults.
Fabricio Saucedo at Fns5045@psu.edu or 814-949-5703
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
must be healthy and 18-25 years of age
must be healthy and must have no known history of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, or pulmonary impairment
must not use any sedative of any type
must understand English
Exclusion Criteria:
history of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, or pulmonary impairment
Report use of a pacemaker
Report sedative use
Report an inability to tolerate standing positions of greater than 30 minutes
resting heart rate (HR) > 85% of age-predicted maximal heart rate
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Altoona, PA
State College, PA