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Mobility in the built environment: age-related changes in gait characteristics when walking on complex terrain

McCarthy, ID; Suzuki, T; Tyler, N; Holloway, C; (2016) Mobility in the built environment: age-related changes in gait characteristics when walking on complex terrain. Healthy Aging Research , 5 (10) Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: An understanding of how common features in the built environment influence how people walk is needed to maintain mobility for older people. METHODS: The study included 71 healthy subjects with an age range of 18 to 92 years. Using inertial measurement units, participants’ gaits were assessed while walking across a complex terrain created in a controlled laboratory environment. RESULTS: Participants found stair climbing and stepping on obstacles to be the most challenging activities, as judged by step time. These activities also showed the most significant age-related changes, with significant effects in both step time and shank angle at touch down being observed from around the age of 60 years. CONCLUSIONS: The changes observed in this study are consistent with decreasing muscle power causing limited ability to negotiate stairs.

Type: Article
Title: Mobility in the built environment: age-related changes in gait characteristics when walking on complex terrain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.har-journal.com/archives/1635
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 McCarthy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1518072
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