Gait perturbations to discriminate between older adults with and without history of falls

Roeles, Sanne and Rowe, Philip and Bruijn, Sjoerd and Childs, Craig and Steenbrink, Frans and Pijnappels, Mirjam (2017) Gait perturbations to discriminate between older adults with and without history of falls. In: International Society for Posture and Gait Research World Congress, 2017-06-25 - 2017-09-29.

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    Abstract

    While falls among older adults are considered a major health problem, the sensitivity of conventional fall risk assessments to identify individuals is poor [1]. Among the main risk factors for falls are balance and gait impairments [2]. The ability to resist or recover from gait perturbations requires fast and accurate responses and might discriminate between fallers and non-fallers. We therefore investigated the ability to discriminate between older adults with and without history of falls using perturbation based gait assessment.