A KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF ELDERLY GAIT WHILE STEPPING OVER OBSTACLES OF VARYING HEIGHT

  • Yeon-Joo Yu
  • In-Sik Shin
  • Ki-Kwang Lee
  • Te-Jin Yoon
  • Chi-Sun Choi
  • Chul-Soo Chung
Keywords: obstacles, falling, kinematic analysis, elderly, gait

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the kinematics of elderly people who had experienced a fall stepping over obstacles of varying height. Six elderly non-fallers and six elderly fallers stepped over obstacles of height 0, 2.5, 5.1, 15.2cm. The longest stance duration was found in the highest obstacle 15.2cm, which might reflect relatively fast degrading gait function of the faller group. It was found that fallers took a longer time to cross the obstacles, which resulted in slower crossing speeds than when non-fallers stepped over the obstacles. We concluded that elderly persons who had experienced falling tend to step over obstacles conservatively as characterized.
Published
2007-12-12