Abilities to turn suddenly while walking: effects of age, gender, and available response time.

@article{Cao1997AbilitiesTT,
  title={Abilities to turn suddenly while walking: effects of age, gender, and available response time.},
  author={Caroline G. L. Cao and James A. Ashton-Miller and Albert B Schultz and Neil B. Alexander},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences},
  year={1997},
  volume={52 2},
  pages={M88-93}
}
BACKGROUND Falls may occur when an unexpected turn must be made quickly, in order to avoid colliding with an object in the gait path. Little is known about abilities, particularly about abilities of old adults, to turn suddenly. METHODS Twenty young and 20 old (mean age 73.8) healthy and physically active adults, while walking straight ahead, were cued to make approximately a 90 degrees turn without advance knowledge of where the turn was to be made or whether it would be to the right or left… CONTINUE READING