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Each year one in three adults > 65 years old falls which results in significant morbidity, mortality and health care costs. Commonly used balance tests such as the Balance Evaluation Systems Test, Berg Balance Scale and Tinetti produce numerical results that have been correlated with a fall history. However, these tests can be complicated, time consuming, require a large amount of space, may require special tools for assessment and exhibit a ceiling effect. Additionally, dynamic balance recovery strategies such as rapid stepping movements may not be fully assessed by some of these other traditional tests.
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Merriman, Harold L.; Jackson, Kurt; Breneman, Michael; Collins, Amy; McEldowney, Tiffany; and Swinford, Ashton, "A Novel Rapid Step Test Differentiates Between Older Adults Who are Fallers and Non-Fallers" (2015). University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Annual Research Symposium. 19.