Comparing induced and voluntary stepping postures to detect elderly fallers


Source: Clinical Neurophysiology, 2015, online

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper reviews a physiological task predominant in preventing falls, while simultaneously challenging balance: taking a step. The voluntary step versus a step induced by an external and unpredictable perturbation are presented and compared. It focuses on the community-dwelling elderly population, discussing means of early detection of risk of falls, in order to prescribe an appropriate prevention. A working hypothesis is suggested on how “compensatory protective” steps are controlled and how their evaluation could bring additional information to the global balance assessment of risk of fall.

Length of publication: 1 page

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