Data collection tools included Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, Functional Reach Test
(FRT) and Fall Risk Score (FRS).
Measurements of balance: Comparison of the timed' Up and Go' test and functional reach test
with the berg balance scale.
Evaluation of functional capacity was performed using three instruments: the Brazilian version of the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), which is used to evaluate postural balance  and has been validated for patients with vestibular dysfunction ; the Unipedal Stance Test (UST), which is a simple static balance test performed with both open and closed eyes, and is related to risk of falls [18,19]; and the Functional Reach Test
(FRT), which was also used to determine the risk of falls .
Functional Reach Test
(FRT) was selected because it measures some degree of static or dynamic balance and is easily administered in a clinical setting.
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The demographics were taken through standardized and valid assessment tools include Berg Balance Scale and Functional Reach Test
. The measurements were obtained at baseline, after 04 and 08 weeks of training.
The Functional Reach Test
(FRT) and the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) evaluated the elderlies' equilibrium.
Regarding the association between the reaching movement and postural control, the functional reach test
developed by Duncan et al.
A combination of elements of the various functional balance assessment tools suitable for a busy clinician would include the Timed Get Up and Go test, Romberg's test (identifies vestibular and proprioception impairments by removing visual compensation), assessing for postural sway with eyes open and closed (slowed postural reflexes), the sternal nudge (postural response to external force) and the functional reach test
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score 56) 5.39 0.026 * (mean [+ or -] SD) FRT (in inches) 0.908 0.347 (mean [+ or -] SD) BI (mean [+ or -] SD) 4.14 0.049 * BBS: Berg Balance Scale, FRT: Functional Reach Test
, BI: Barthel Index, SD: standard deviation, CI: confidence interval, F: test value for repeated-measures 2-way ANOVA, * significant.
Balance and agility were assessed using the 8-foot Up and Go Test [up and go] (Rikli and Jones, 1999) and Functional Reach Test
[functional reach] (Duncan et al., 1990).