A professor of physical education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is seeking older adults for a study on balance.
Rory Suomi will conduct the study June 17–August 16 on both male and female adults, ages 50 to 80 years old. Participants will be asked to stand with both legs on a Biodex Balance System apparatus to evaluate dynamic postural balance. The study will be done at the UW-Stevens Point Health Enhancement Center in two test sessions, each approximately 20 minutes in length. For more information or eligibility, contact Suomi at 715-346-2706.
Suomi is studying the relationship between balance in older adults and their perceived risk of falling. The use of the Biodex Balance System as an assessment tool is also being tested. The results of the research will help determine the focus of balance rehabilitation or falling prevention programs for older adults.
In addition to teaching physical education, Suomi heads the School of Physical Education and Athletic Training, directs the Special Needs Aquatic Program for children and adults and is a physical therapist assistant at Greenfield Rehabilitation Associates. He has published numerous articles in medical research journals about aquatic therapy and balance assessment and training. He holds a doctorate in adapted physical education and fitness from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University.