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BioMed Research International - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 589014, 8 pages -

Research Article

Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, Avenida Universidad S-N, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Instituto de Actividad Física y Salud, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, 5 Poniente 1670, 3460000 Talca, Chile

Received 31 July 2015; Revised 11 October 2015; Accepted 22 October 2015

Academic Editor: Laura Guidetti

Copyright © 2015 D. Collado-Mateo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate fear of falling, number of falls, and balance performance in women with FM and to examine the relationship between these variables and others, such as balance performance, quality of life, age, pain, and impact of fibromyalgia. Methods. A total of 240 women participated in this cross-sectional study. Of these, 125 had fibromyalgia. Several variables were assessed: age, fear of falling from 0 to 100, number of falls, body composition, balance performance, lower limb strength, health-related quality of life, and impact of fibromyalgia. Results. Women with fibromyalgia reported more falls and more fear of falling. Fear of falling was associated with number of falls in the last year, stiffness, perceived balance problems, impact of FM, and HRQoL whereas the number of falls was related to fear of falling, balance performance with eyes closed, pain, tenderness to touch level, anxiety, self-reported balance problems, impact of FM, and HRQoL. Conclusion. FM has an impact on fear of falling, balance performance, and number of falls. Perceived balance problems seem to be more closely associated with fear of falling than objective balance performance.

Author: D. Collado-Mateo, J. M. Gallego-Diaz, J. C. Adsuar, F. J. Domínguez-Muñoz, P. R. Olivares, and N. Gusi

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/


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