How fear of falling can increase fall-risk in older adults: applying psychological theory to practical observations.

@article{Young2015HowFO,
  title={How fear of falling can increase fall-risk in older adults: applying psychological theory to practical observations.},
  author={William R. Young and A Mark Williams},
  journal={Gait & posture},
  year={2015},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={7-12}
}
It is widely reported that fear of falling (FOF) has a profound and largely detrimental effect on balance performance in older adults. However, the mechanisms by which FOF influence postural stability are poorly understood. In the current article, we use psychological theory to explain FOF-related changes to postural control. First, we review literature describing associations between FOF and the 'stiffening' strategies observed during control of posture, including observations of eye and head… CONTINUE READING
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