2010
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.06.013
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Abstract: With aging, individuals' gaits become slower and their steps shorter; both are thought to improve stability against balance threats. Recent studies have shown that shorter step lengths, which bring the center of mass (COM) closer to the leading foot, improve stability against slip-related falls. However, a slower gait, hence lower COM velocity, does the opposite. Due to the inherent coupling of step length and speed in spontaneous gait, the extent to which the benefit of shorter steps can offset the slower spe… Show more

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“…However, the results suggest no alterations in spatiotemporal parameters or gait stability with changing visual condition. Unstable gait is associated with slower walking 7,18 . The lack of differences in walking stability may be explained by the maintenance of gait velocity.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…However, the results suggest no alterations in spatiotemporal parameters or gait stability with changing visual condition. Unstable gait is associated with slower walking 7,18 . The lack of differences in walking stability may be explained by the maintenance of gait velocity.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This fact indicates that a partial reduction in lighting in subjects with good visual acuity may not be sufficient to reduce gait velocity. Slower gait usually causes a reduction in step length as an adaptation to prevent falls 7 . The lack of changes in step length may therefore be due to the maintenance of gait velocity.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
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