Speeding up or slowing down?: Gait adaptations to preserve gait stability in response to balance perturbations.

@article{Hak2012SpeedingUO,
  title={Speeding up or slowing down?: Gait adaptations to preserve gait stability in response to balance perturbations.},
  author={Laura Hak and Han Houdijk and Frans Steenbrink and Agali Mert and Peter van der Wurff and Peter J. Beek and Jaap H van Die{\"e}n},
  journal={Gait & posture},
  year={2012},
  volume={36 2},
  pages={260-4}
}
It has frequently been proposed that lowering walking speed is a strategy to enhance gait stability and to decrease the probability of falling. However, previous studies have not been able to establish a clear relation between walking speed and gait stability. We investigated whether people do indeed lower walking speed when gait stability is challenged, and whether this reduces the probability of falling. Nine healthy subjects walked on the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation ENvironment (CAREN… CONTINUE READING

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