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Tripping over obstacles is the most frequently mentioned causes of falls. Thus, this study was performed to test the hypotheses that when crossing obstacles, toe-obstacle clearance and the three-dimensional motions and moments at the hip, knee, and ankle of the trailing limb (limb crossing the obstacle last) increase with obstacle height. Data were(More)
The goal of the current investigation was to probe the deficits in the alerting, orienting and executive components of visuospatial attention in individuals who have recently suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and to assess the rate and degree of recovery for each of these components over a month post-injury. A group design was employed to assess(More)
Accidental falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the growing elderly population. Traumatic falls are frequent, costly, and debilitating. Control of balance during locomotion is critical for safe ambulation, but relatively little is known about the natural effect of aging on dynamic balance control. Samples of healthy young (n = 13) and elderly (n(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effect of 3 different approaches to balance training on dual-task balance performance in older adults with balance impairment. DESIGN A double-blind, randomized controlled trial. SETTING University research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS Older adults (N=23) with balance impairment (mean age, 74.8y). They scored 52 or less on the(More)
Tripping over obstacles and imbalance during gait were reported as two of the most common causes of falls in the elderly. Imbalance of the whole body during obstacle crossing may cause inappropriate movement of the lower extremities and result in foot-obstacle contact. Thus, this study was performed to investigate the effect of obstacle height on the motion(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficiency of three different balance training strategies in an effort to understand the mechanisms underlying training-related changes in dual-task balance performance of older adults with balance impairment. Elderly individuals with balance impairment, age 65 and older, were randomly assigned to one of three(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine how two different types of concurrent tasks affect gait stability in patients with concussion and how balance is maintained. Fourteen individuals suffering from a grade II concussion and 14 matched controls performed a single task of level walking and two types of concurrent tasks during level walking: a discrete(More)
Surgical technique is an important factor affecting recovery of hip function after total hip arthroplasty (THA). We therefore asked whether short-term recovery of hip strength and motion would differ between the anterior and anterolateral THA approaches. We presumed that although both approaches would improve hip function by 16 weeks postsurgery when(More)
This study was performed to test the hypothesis that reducing the horizontal distance between the trailing foot (foot crossing the obstacle last) and obstacle, during stance just prior to stepping over the obstacle, would reduce flexion of the hip, knee, and ankle joints of the trailing limb when the toe is over the obstacle to reduce the vertical(More)
Research on attention and gait stability has suggested that the process of recovering gait stability requires attentional resources, but the effect of performing a secondary task on stability during obstacle avoidance is poorly understood. Using a dual-task paradigm, the present experiment investigated the extent to which young adults are able to respond to(More)