Older adults at high risk of falling need more time for anticipatory postural adjustment in the precrossing phase of obstacle negotiation

  • Uemura K
  • Yamada M
  • Nagai K
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Abstract

Obstacles are a common cause of falls among older adults. Anticipatory motor planning for obstacle negotiation must be completed during the precrossing phase in order to step over the obstacle safely. This cognitive load may affect anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) in older adults at high risk of falling. This study explored the effect of obstacle negotiation on APA during gait initiation in older adults at high risk of falling.

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  • Accidental fall
  • Postural control
  • Rehabilitation

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Authors

  • Kazuki Uemura

  • Minoru Yamada

  • Koutatsu Nagai

  • Noriaki Ichihashi

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