How do perturbation-based interventions help reactive balance control in stroke survivors?

About the Scholar: Abigail Romero grew up in the United States and attends Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School in Copiague, New York.

The Research:
Countless stroke survivors worldwide suffer from balance problems as they try to resume their normal activities. This paper looks not only at which therapies are most helpful to regaining balance control, but why they seem to work. A combination of “perturbation-based” interventions, which require the body to make a quick adjustment after a shove or stumble, and leg strength training reduces falls and offers a path toward a longer and better quality of life for stroke survivors.