Gait asymmetry: Factors influencing slip severity and tendency among older adults

Sukwon Kim, Thurmon Lockhart

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Research on the relationship between gait asymmetry and the likelihood of slips are not clear, especially, for older adults. The present study evaluated the gait asymmetry among older adults and, further, evaluated effects of gait asymmetry on the likelihood of slips. Eighteen older adults (65 and older) participated in the study. HCV, horizontal force, and RCOF measured at non-dominant leg during heel contact phase of gait cycle were significantly higher than those at dominant leg. The results indicated that the likelihood of slips could increase when transitioning the whole body center-of-mass with left leg contacted on the ground while right leg was in swing phase. The results indicated that gait asymmetry or limb dominance could contribute to increasing the likelihood of slips.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, HFES 2006
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780945289296
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2006 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2006Oct 20 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813


Other50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2006
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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