Journal article

Stepping responses made by elderly and young female adults to approach and accommodate known surface height changes

Noel Lythgo, Rezaul Begg, Russell Best

GAIT & POSTURE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Falls on stairs, kerbs and footpaths are a major cause of morbidity in older female adults. This investigation examined the stepping responses made by 48 elderly (mean age 67 years, S.D. 5.4 years) and 48 young (mean age 20 years, S.D. 2.4 years) healthy, community-dwelling adult females to approach and accommodate known surface height changes. The surface was designed to simulate an object like a kerb or step in the walking path. For ascent, the surface was 9 m long (height, 15 cm) with a 13 m ground-level approach. For descent, it was 15m long (height, 15 cm) with a 7 m ground-level departure. These tasks (particularly descent) perturbed the gait of the elderly more than the young. The eld..

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