Elise is constantly falling during her school day. She often has skinned knees and bruises. Although she is 10, she walks down stairs one step at a time. As Elise’s physical therapist, what observational measure will you use to measure her functional balance skills? How will you document her progress?
Balance is defined as the ability to keep the center of mass over the base of support.
Postural control is the act of maintaining, achieving or restoring a state of balance during an activity.
Pediatric physical therapists informally evaluate balance and postural control in almost every movement a child makes. Multiple body systems contribute to balance, making measurement of functional balance somewhat challenging.