The Postural Control System
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Postural control is derived from the co-ordination between the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems. These 3 systems have very close neurophysiological interactions. If they are not coordinated there may be changes in the bodies postural control system. Problems such as headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, frontal headaches, eye strain and balance problems can occur as a result of this. In this course, you will learn about the 3 postural control systems and how they work together to provide static and dynamic balance.
This short course aims to look at how the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems process information to provide postural control.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.7 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- identify the 3 systems involved in postural control
- select up to 8 characteristics of the role of the visual system in postural control
- select up to 7 characteristics of the somatosensory system’s role in postural control