Balance Testing & Impairment

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


PAAM Traffic Safety Training Program Webinar: 

Balance Testing & Impairment: A Closer Look at the WAT, OLS & Modified Romberg Tests

What Do They Really Measure?


Wednesday, July 19, 2023

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. EST

In law enforcement, balance tests are often used to assess the presence of impairment that may be caused by alcohol or drugs.  These tests include the Walk and Turn,  One Leg Stand, and the Modified Romberg tests.  This webinar will cover the following topics so that prosecutors and law enforcement officers can better understand these balance tests:

  1. What are possible medical problems related to balance impairment?
  2. What are the diverse methods used for the testing of balance clinically?
  3. What is the “real” Romberg test?
  4. What is the role of age on balance tests?
  5. Included will be a review of research completed in 2010 of the Modified Romberg Test as used in the DRE evaluation and what you need to know about the results when completing this test. 

Presented by Dr. Jack Richman, New England College of Optometry.


There is no charge to attend this webinar, but you must register in advance.  To register for the webinar, go to

After registering you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with instructions on how to join the webinar.  Please make sure you retain the confirmation email sent to you.  Please be careful to enter your email address correctly.  You will not be able to join the webinar if you do not receive a confirmation email from Zoom. 

This webinar will be recorded. If you will be unable to attend this webinar at the scheduled time but would still like to watch it, please go ahead and register as indicated.  Everyone who is registered will receive a link to the recording of the webinar regardless of whether or not they attended.

Each webinar course is approved for 1.5 hours of credit under PAAM’s recommended CLE Best Practice.


The training handouts, if any, will be made available on the day of the webinar.

If you have any questions or need any assistance registering for the webinar, please feel free to contact Amy Gronowski at or at 517-643-2114.