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Turning bias and lateral dominance in a sample of able-bodied and amputee participants

Taylor, MJD and Strike, SC and Dabnichki, P (2006) 'Turning bias and lateral dominance in a sample of able-bodied and amputee participants.' Laterality, 12 (1). 50 - 63. ISSN 1357-650X

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Abstract

Turning bias is the tendency to turn towards a given direction. Conflicting results from previous studies suggest that a number of factors may influence turning direction. The aim of this study was to determine if biomechanical asymmetries influence turning bias. A total of 100 able-bodied participants, and 30 trans-tibial amputees who, by definition, possess a functional asymmetry, volunteered to participate in the study. The right hand and right foot were significantly dominant for the able-bodied sample. Able-bodied participants showed a significant turning preference towards the left, which was opposite to the dominant hand and foot. The amputees were significantly right-hand dominant and the side of the amputation influenced foot dominance. The amputee sample showed no preferred turning direction. Turning bias indices in the amputee sample were not significantly associated with handedness, footedness, side of amputation, or dominance prior to amputation. The lack of a preferred direction of turn in the amputee sample suggests that biomechanical asymmetries can influence turning bias.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 09:20
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:23
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14185

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