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Charla L Howard, Chris Wallace, James Abbas, Dobrivoje S Stokic
We developed and evaluated properties of a new measure of variability in stride length and cadence, termed residual standard deviation (RSD). To calculate RSD, stride length and cadence are regressed against velocity to derive the best fit line from which the variability (SD) of the distance between the actual and predicted data points is calculated. We examined construct, concurrent, and discriminative validity of RSD using dual-task paradigm in 14 below-knee prosthesis users and 13 age- and education-matched controls...
September 26, 2016: Gait & Posture
Feng Yang, George A King
Treadmill has been broadly used in laboratory and rehabilitation settings for the purpose of facilitating human locomotion analysis and gait training. The objective of this study was to determine whether dynamic gait stability differs or resembles between the two walking conditions (overground vs. treadmill) among young adults. Fifty-four healthy young adults (age: 23.9±4.7years) participated in this study. Each participant completed five trials of overground walking followed by five trials of treadmill walking at a self-selected speed while their full body kinematics were gathered by a motion capture system...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Christina M Thornton, Jacqueline Kerr, Terry L Conway, Brian E Saelens, James F Sallis, David K Ahn, Lawrence D Frank, Kelli L Cain, Abby C King
BACKGROUND: Studies identifying correlates of physical activity (PA) at all levels of the ecological model can provide an empirical basis for designing interventions to increase older adults' PA. PURPOSE: Applying ecological model principles, this study concurrently examined individual, psychosocial, and environmental correlates of older adults' PA to determine whether built environment factors contribute to PA over and above individual/demographic and psychosocial variables...
September 28, 2016: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Laure Mathevon, Nicolas Leroux, Céline Piscicelli, Emmanuelle Clarac, Shenhao Dai, Patrice Davoine, Paul Krack, Dominic Perennou
OBJECTIVE: To take care of postural disorders is a major issue in Parkinson's disease (PD). We present a documented observation suggesting the existence of a biased representation of verticality in PD, resulting in a severe retropulsion and recurrent falls. A rehabilitation program aimed to modulate verticality perception dramatically improved the postural perception of the vertical, trunk posture and balance abilities, and reduced retropulsion as well as lastingly fall frequency. OBSERVATIONS: A 68 year-old patient with Parkinson's disease fall backward 3 times a day...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
K Chan, K Guy, G Shah, J Golla, H M Flett, J Williams, K E Musselman
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective chart review. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the convergent validity, internal consistency and use of the Community Balance & Mobility Scale (CB&M) in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI) during inpatient rehabilitation. SETTING: This study was conducted in an SCI rehabilitation center in Canada. METHODS: Inpatient charts from January 2009 to October 2015 were screened...
September 27, 2016: Spinal Cord
Feng Yang, JaeEun Kim, Jose Munoz
The awareness of potential slip risk has been shown to cause protective changes to human gait during overground walking. It remains unknown if such adaptations to walking pattern also exist when ambulating on a treadmill. This study sought to determine whether and to what extent individuals, when being aware of a potential slip risk during treadmill walking, could adjust their gait pattern to improve their dynamic stability against backward balance loss in response to the impending slip hazard. Fifty-four healthy young subjects (age: 23...
September 12, 2016: Gait & Posture
Kyoung-Bo Lee, Paul Lee, Sang-Won Yoo, Young-Dong Kim
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to translate and adapt the Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&M) into Korean (K-CB&M) and to verify the reliability and validity of scores obtained with Korean patients. [Subjects and Methods] A total of 16 subjects were recruited from St. Vincent's Hospital in South Korea. At each testing session, subjects completed the K-CB&M, Berg balance scale (BBS), timed up and go test (TUG), and functional reaching test. All tests were administered by a physical therapist, and subjects completed the tests in an identical standardized order during all testing sessions...
August 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
R Schniepp, M Wuehr, F Schöberl, A Zwergal
BACKGROUND: Difficulties of walking and deficits of cognitive functions appear to be associated in the elderly. Thus, clinical assessment in geriatry and neurology should focus on: (1) diagnostic approaches covering both domains of everyday functioning; (2) therapeutic interventions that take into account possible interactions and synergies of both domains. DISCUSSION: In order to assess the capability for motor-cognitive interactions in the elderly it is recommended to investigate walking patterns during dual-tasks (e...
August 2016: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
Davy Vancampfort, Pascal Sienaert, Sabine Wyckaert, Marc De Hert, Brendon Stubbs, Justin Richards, James Mugisha, Michel Probst
The aim of the current study was to determine whether the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score is associated with the functional exercise capacity among in- and outpatients with bipolar disorder. Sixty-five (36♀) persons with bipolar disorder performed a 6-minute walk test (6MWT) and were assessed with the GAF, Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology Self Report (QIDS), and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The mean GAF-score was 55.0 ± 15.0, whereas the mean distance achieved on the 6MWT was 615...
September 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Nathaniel T Pickle, Alena M Grabowski, Arick G Auyang, Anne K Silverman
Sloped walking is biomechanically different from level-ground walking, as evidenced by changes in joint kinematics and kinetics. However, the changes in muscle functional roles underlying these altered movement patterns have not been established. In this study, we developed a total of 273 muscle-actuated simulations to assess muscle functional roles, quantified by induced body center-of-mass accelerations and trunk and leg power, during walking on slopes of 0°, ±3°, ±6°, and ±9° at 1.25m/s. The soleus and gastrocnemius both provided greater forward acceleration of the body parallel to the slope at +9° compared to level ground (+126% and +66%, respectively)...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Gustavo Christofoletti, Marie E McNeely, Meghan C Campbell, Ryan P Duncan, Gammon M Earhart
Mobility and gait limitations are major issues for people with Parkinson disease (PD). Identification of factors that contribute to these impairments may inform treatment and intervention strategies. In this study we investigated factors that predict mobility and gait impairment in PD. Participants with mild to moderate PD and without dementia (n=114) were tested in one session 'off' medication. Mobility measures included the 6-Minute Walk test and Timed-Up-and-Go. Gait velocity was collected in four conditions: forward preferred speed, forward dual task, forward fast as possible and backward walking...
October 2016: Human Movement Science
Laurence Seematter-Bagnoud, Christophe Büla, Brigitte Santos-Eggimann
Objectives. This study aimed to describe the cross-sectional and longitudinal association between alcohol intake and gait parameters in older persons. Methods. Community-dwelling persons aged 65-70 years (N = 807). Information on health, functional status, and alcohol use was self-reported at baseline and at 3-year follow-up, whereas gait speed and stride-to-stride variability were measured while walking only (single task) and under dual tasking (counting backwards). Results. Compared to light-to-moderate drinking, heavy drinking was associated with slower gait speed in single task (adj...
2016: Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Rebecca K MacAulay, Ted Allaire, Robert Brouillette, Heather Foil, Annadora J Bruce-Keller, Jeffrey N Keller
BACKGROUND: Developing measures to detect preclinical Alzheimer's Disease is vital, as prodromal stage interventions may prove more efficacious in altering the disease's trajectory. Gait changes may serve as a useful clinical heuristic that precedes cognitive decline. This study provides the first systematic investigation of gait characteristics relationship with relevant demographic, physical, genetic (Apolipoprotein E genotype), and health risk factors in non-demented older adults during a cognitive-load dual task walking condition...
2016: PloS One
Imre Cikajlo, Ksenija Osrečki, Helena Burger
The aim of this study was to examine the immediate and long-term effects of different ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) types on postural responses in patients with various pathological conditions who, because of their walking disorders, wore an AFO. A total of 37 patients with different pathological conditions who visited the outpatient clinic for orthotics because of walking problems, already used or were referred for an AFO and had no other impairments that may influence balance were included in the study. The participants were divided into four groups according to the type of AFO that they wore...
August 1, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
Hannah Foster, Lou DeMark, Pamela M Spigel, Dorian K Rose, Emily J Fox
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries (ISCIs) commonly face persistent gait impairments. Backward walking training may be a useful rehabilitation approach, providing novel gait and balance challenges. However, little is known about the effects of this approach for individuals with ISCIs. The purpose of this case report was to describe the effects of backward walking training on strength, balance, and upright mobility in an individual with chronic ISCI. METHODS: A 28-year-old female, 11-years post ISCI (C4, AIS D) completed 18-sessions of backward walking training on a treadmill with partial body-weight support and overground...
October 2016: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Juliane Mueller, Tilman Engel, Steffen Mueller, Stephan Kopinski, Heiner Baur, Frank Mayer
The study aimed to analyse neuromuscular activity of the trunk comparing four different perturbations during gait. Thirteen subjects (28±3yrs) walked (1m/s) on a split-belt treadmill, while 4 (belt) perturbations (F1, F2, B1, B2) were randomly applied. Perturbations differed, related to treadmill belt translation, in direction (forward (F)/backward (B)) and amplitude (20m/s(2) (1)/40m/s(2) (2)). Trunk muscle activity was assessed with a 12-lead-EMG. EMG-RMS [%] (0-200ms after perturbation; normalized to RMS of normal gait) was analyzed for muscles and four trunk areas (ventral left/right; dorsal left/right)...
October 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Sarah E Pfeffer, Matthias Wittlinger
Cataglyphis ants are renowned for their impressive navigation skills, which have been studied in numerous experiments during forward locomotion. However, the ants' navigational performance during backward homing when dragging large food loads has not been investigated until now. During backward locomotion, the odometer has to deal with unsteady motion and irregularities in inter-leg coordination. The legs' sensory feedback during backward walking is not just a simple reversal of the forward stepping movements: compared with forward homing, ants are facing towards the opposite direction during backward dragging...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
Sarah E Pfeffer, Verena L Wahl, Matthias Wittlinger
For insects, flexibility in the performance of terrestrial locomotion is a vital part of facing the challenges of their often unpredictable environment. Arthropods such as scorpions and crustaceans can switch readily from forward to backward locomotion, but in insects this behaviour seems to be less common and, therefore, is only poorly understood. Here we present an example of spontaneous and persistent backward walking in Cataglyphis desert ants that allows us to investigate rearward locomotion within a natural context...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
Ben W Hoffman, Andrew G Cresswell, Timothy J Carroll, Glen A Lichtwark
INTRODUCTION: The repeated bout effect characterizes the protective adaptation after a single bout of unaccustomed eccentric exercise that induces muscle damage. Sarcomerogenesis and increased tendon compliance have been suggested as potential mechanisms for the repeated bout effect by preventing muscle fascicles from being stretched onto the descending limb of the length-tension curve (the region where sarcomere damage is thought to occur). In this study, evidence was sought for three possible mechanical changes that would support either the sarcomerogenesis or the increased tendon compliance hypotheses: a sustained rightward shift in the fascicle length-tension relationship, reduced fascicle strain amplitude, and reduced starting fascicle length...
August 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Tejal Kajrolkar, Tanvi Bhatt
Community-dwelling stroke survivors show a high incidence of falls with unexpected external perturbations during dynamic activities like walking. Previous evidence has demonstrated the importance of compensatory stepping to restore dynamic stability in response to perturbations in hemiparetic stroke survivors. However, these studies were limited to either stance perturbations or perturbation induced under the unaffected limb. This study aimed to compare the differences, if any, between the non-paretic and paretic sides in dynamic stability and protective stepping strategies when exposed to unexpected external perturbation during walking...
June 6, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
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