Journal article

Stride dynamics, gait variability and prospective falls risk in active community dwelling older women

Kade Paterson, Keith Hill, Noel Lythgo



BACKGROUND: Measures of walking instability such as stride dynamics and gait variability have been shown to identify future fallers in older adult populations with gait limitations or mobility disorders. This study investigated whether measures of walking instability can predict future fallers (over a prospective 12 month period) in a group of healthy and active older women. METHODS: Ninety-seven healthy active women aged between 55 and 90 years walked for 7 min around a continuous walking circuit. Gait data recorded by a GAITRite(®) walkway and foot-mounted accelerometers were used to calculate measures of stride dynamics and gait variability. The participant's physical function and balance..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to sincerely thank all the women who kindly volunteered to participate in this study, and in particular, Heather Chapman from the Yarra City Living Longer Living Stronger program for her generous assistance with recruitment. This work was supported by a grant from the Centre of Physical Activity Across the Lifespan, School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University.