Biomechanical and sensory constraints of step and stair negotiation in old age.

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Authors: Maganaris, C.N., Baltzopoulos, V. and Gavin, J.P.C.

Publisher: New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme

Place of Publication: Sheffield

The majority of falls in the elderly occur during stair descent. Several functional parameters, including muscle strength, joint mobility and our sense of balance, may be involved, all of which deteriorate with age. The aim of this programme is to understand the role played in stepping performance by musculoskeletal and sensory functions and their deterioration with ageing and to find ways of improving the ability of older people to descend stairs.

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