Title

Exploring fall training adaptations while walking

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-13-2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Trips are common in and out of the workplace with most people recovering to avoid a subsequent fall. However, when the recovery attempt fails, a fall can be detrimental.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine adaptations to the elevating response during obstacle tripping while walking on a treadmill. Additionally, the possible transfer effects from adapted responses in the lab to the worksite are explored.

METHODS:

Fourteen healthy participants that covered the general working age range (20-70 yrs.) were presented with two different types of tripping obstacles while walking.

RESULTS:

Elevating the foot over the obstacle was expected due to all trips being induced during early swing phase (first 33% of the swing phase). However, in addition to the elevating strategy, a novel "push" strategy was observed in all but three participants.

CONCLUSION:

The current study provided support that obstacle type influences the behavioral response after a trip. Therefore, obstacles that catch the shoe should be considered when designing functional fall programs. Furthermore, information from the current study is useful for establishing guidelines when developing a fall prevention program in the workplace.

Publication Title

Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation

Volume

54

Issue

3

First Page

699

Last Page

707

ISSN

1051-9815

DOI Number

10.3233/WOR-162321