Identifying Different. Types of Fallers. through Gait Analysis. Heather Hodnett Dr. Michael Pavol, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Oregon State University Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Older Adult Falls are an Important Concern.
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Types of Fallers
through Gait Analysis
Dr. Michael Pavol,
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
Oregon State University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Older Adult Falls are an Important Concern
Fall Direction Matters
has been related to a
narrow stride width
of gait affect fall direction
Do certain aspects of older adults’ gait patterns play a role in the directions they are most likely to fall?
If so, what are those aspects?
Sideways fallers will show lesser mediolateral stability during gait and have weaker hip abductors than forward/backward fallers and non-fallers.
To determine whether and how the gait patterns and hip abductor strengths of older adults differ according to the direction of falls suffered within the past year
distance from the outside
of the foot
Minimum COM Medial Distance from Outside of Foot
*p < .05
Hip Abduction Strength