Biomechanical predictors of balance recovery amongst community-dwelling older adults

Source: Experimental Gerontology, 2015, Vol 66 p. 39-46

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are prevalent in older adults and are predicted by the maximum forward lean magnitude that can be recovered using a single step. The purpose of this study was to determine the relative contribution of neuromuscular and biomechanical variables associated with balance recovery. Findings confirm that successful recovery from forward loss of balance is a whole body control task that requires adequate trunk control and generation of adequate lower limb moments to generate a long and rapid step. Training programmes that specifically target these measures may be effective in improving balance recovery performance and thereby contribute to fall prevention amongst older adults.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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