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    Dear all,

    Hello! My name is Priscilla and I am currently finishing up my thesis in
    the field of Dance Medicine. In my thesis reseach, I used the
    NeuroCom Balance Master to measure the
    sway velocity of dancers balancing in stork stance and a modified stork
    stance raised up on the metatarsals of the supporting leg, before and
    after a 6-wk abdominal training program. The protocal on the menu of
    the Balance Master that I used was "Unilateral Stance Test"

    The limitation of the Balance Master lies in the fact that the
    current software in the BM calculates the sway velocity (deg/sec) only if
    the subject hold his/her balance for 10 seconds or more. The sampling
    rate is 100 frames/ sec. For the modified stork stance raised up on the
    metatarsals, only 6-8 dancers out of each group(13 dancers in each group
    - experimental and control group), met the criteria of balancing raised up
    on the metatarsals for 10 seconds or more.

    I spoke with Lewis Nashner, president of NeuroCom Balance Master co', last
    week and found out that it is possible to get the sway velocity, even if
    the dancer balances for , let's say , only 3.7 sec. The raw data (100
    frames/sec sampling rate) is saved in an ASCII file. Nashner states that
    the x & y coordinates of COG, and vertical dispacement is saved as raw
    data for each trial of the testing session.

    The current software of BM needs to be altered in order to take the raw
    data and calculate sway velocity, if balance held for less than 10
    seconds. Unfortunately, it costs $$$$$$ to have the NeuroCom BM co' to
    make this change. And I'm on a very limited budget. Nashner suggested that
    I recruit an engineering student to program the software to do what I
    want. I have not found such person, to date.

    My question is, is there any researcher out there that has altered the
    software in NeuroCom BM to calculate the sway velocity , even if balance
    held is less than 10 seconds, for the purpose of his/her study? I'ld be
    very lucky and fortunate if there is someone out there that has this
    alteration and is willing to share it with me.

    Sincerely, Priscilla

    Priscilla Park
    Dance Grad
    University of California at Irvine

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