Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, Vol 39 no 1 p. 365-371
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Date of publication: January 2014
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: This study looked into the threshold of balance recovery, where avoiding a fall is not necessarily possible, and included healthy younger adults, middle aged adults as well as older adults. It measures the maximum lean angle from which people in the various age groups could be released and still recover balance using just a single step forward, sideways or backwards. It found that the older a person is, the less of an angle they are able to recover from and therefore a fall is more likely.
Length of publication: 6 pages
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