Sensory Organization Test – Article Summary

Mar 06 2017

Sensory Organization Test – Article Summary

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Article Summary:

H.-Y. Chen, H.-Y. Chang, H.-T. Tsao, T.-W. Liu, The Correlation Between Pediatric Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction For Balance (PCTSIB) and Sensory Organization Test (SOT) In Adolescents. Physiotherapy, Volume 101, Supplement 1, May 2015, Pages e224.

The purpose of this article, the authors were looking to explore the concurrent validity of the PCTSIB and SOT in young adolescents and rhythmic gymnasts.  In the background information the authors identified another study which found poor correlation between these two tests.

In a single session , the authors tested 15 female gymnast (15.1 ± 1.7 yr.) and 15 females (15.1 ± 2.1 yr.) age, height and weight matched to the gymnast group, over both the SOT and PCTSIB. The authors measured the SOT by automatically computed equilibrium scores by computer. The results for the PCTSIB were measured manually by taking the time of balance maintenance and the sway angle.  The authors found that, for the age matched participants no conditions between the two test were related in results. For the 15 gymnast there was only one condition which was related; the condition of eyes closed with altered support.

The authors found that although the test are similar in design, the difficulty of the task are different as well as the measuring techniques.  They closed the article by stating that it would be improper to compare the results of the PCTSIB and the SOT tests in adolescents.

The strengths and limitations of this article falls into the specificity of the population measured. It is very specific to specifically adolescent females. Other limitations include the amount of information that the authors suppose the reader already knows; like specifics of the PCTSIB and SOT. With this they provide little to no information on how the data was processed, the exact data collected, and the time span with which the test ran.


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