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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Kenneth W. Bush, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Nancy Cicirello, MPH, PT


The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in stability between shoe wearing and non-shoe wearing individuals. Twenty shoe wearing and twenty non-shoe wearing subjects between the ages of 18 and 30 performed balance tasks under six altered sensory conditions using a commercial balance system. Analysis of variance results indicated there was no difference in stability between the shoe wearing and non-shoe wearing groups in each condition. There was a significant (p<.05) condition effect. The results of this study demonstrates that non-shoe wearing does not influence the somatosensory system's ability to maintain an individual's stability.


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