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Each year, 1 out of 3 adults over age 65 experience a fall resulting in a traumatic injury or even mortality. Falls are the leading cause of death in the elderly population and cause the greatest number of hospital admissions from trauma. The Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BEST), Berg Balance Scale, and Tinetti are frequently used tests to determine fall risk. However, they can be complicated, time consuming, and exhibit a ceiling effect. This study employed the Rapid Step Test (RST) to examine the use and practicality of a new, portable and easy to administer test that may differentiate between fallers and non-fallers.

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Geriatrics | Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy

Rapid Step Test Based on Leg Length as a Novel Dynamic Standing Balance Test in the Geriatric Population: A Pilot Study