Launch of Balance Intensity Scale Website

Monash University has recently launched the Balance Intensity Scale website. Over six years, a research team led by Dr Mel Farlie from the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University working in conjunction with the Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology Department at Monash Health developed the world first interval rating of balance exercise intensity.

The Balance Intensity Scale (BIS) is the first objective clinical measurement of balance exercise intensity that can be used to rate exercises performed by adults. The BIS has a component rated by exercise prescribers (e.g. physiotherapists, exercise physiologists) and a component rated by the exerciser.

Balance exercises are routinely prescribed to improve balance to prevent falls in older adults. To determine the optimal intensity of balance exercises in rehabilitation, a valid measure of intensity was previously lacking. The validation of the BIS in a series of clinical research studies conducted at Monash Health, involving over 130 clinicians and 110 exercisers, has laid the necessary groundwork for future investigations of exercise intensity dosage recommendations as they apply to balance exercise training.

The BIS website will provide clinicians and researchers with standardised training on how to use the BIS to support their balance exercise prescription practice, and disseminate exerciser information on how the rating scale can be used to monitor the difficulty of their balance exercise programs.

Ongoing research into the applications and properties of the scale such as reliability testing is currently underway, with the aim of conducting balance exercise dose-response studies in the future. Dose-response studies would be used to determine the optimal intensity for balance exercise training to improve exercise recommendations to prevent falls in older adults.

People interested in news and research opportunities related to the BIS can subscribe to updates through the website.

For more information on the BIS go to: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/balance-intensity-scale
or contact Dr Melanie Farlie – melanie.farlie@monash.edu



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