Journal article

People With Stroke Who Fail an Obstacle Crossing Task Have a Higher Incidence of Falls and Utilize Different Gait Patterns Compared With People Who Pass the Task

Catherine M Said, Mary P Galea, Noel Lythgo



BACKGROUND: Obstacle crossing is impaired in people following stroke. It is not known whether people with stroke who fail an obstacle crossing task have more falls or whether the gait adjustments used to cross an obstacle differ from those used by people who pass the task. OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were (1) to identify whether a group of people with stroke who failed an obstacle crossing task had a greater incidence of falling and (2) to determine whether people who fail an obstacle crossing task utilize different gait adjustments. DESIGN: This was a prospective, observational study. METHODS: Thirty-two participants with a recent stroke were recruited. Participants walked at self..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Dr Said received salary support from NHMRC Health Professional Training Fellowship Grant 310612 and NHMRC project grant 385002 and a Career Interruption Fellowship from the University of Melbourne. Financial support for the first data collection period was provided by the Victorian Branch Australian Physiotherapy Association, School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University and La Trobe University Faculty of Health Sciences.