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Walking & Balance Study

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE) - University Health Network, Mobility


Falls within an elderly population is a growing concern within the healthcare system as falls can cause serious injuries leading to the loss of an independent lifestyle. Certain aspects of walking and balancing seem to be related to an increased risk for falls, but the reason for this is not well understood. This study aims to investigate the relationship between variability of an individual’s walking pattern and their balance control.

Your Impact

The results of this study will give us more information to understand balance control. The long-term results of this work might lead to better balance training programs for people with mobility problems.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

60 to 75 years old

Able to stand for at least 1 minute without assistance

No joint or muscle problems that limit daily activities

No history of neurological conditions

Study Tasks

Standing still
Forward stepping from a leaning position
Walking on a treadmill

Ethics

This study is approved by the University Health Network Research Ethics Board (#15-8913).

Keywords

Balance
Walking
Mobility
biomechanics
Activity and Time

Kinesiology

Observational Study

Weekdays

2 hour(s) - 3 hour(s) per session

1 session(s)

You will be asked to walk on a treadmill, and we will measure your balance control.

Compensation

$20 Tim Hortons gift card

Study Address

550 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2A2

Posting date: Oct 10, 2019

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