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Each year, one out of three adults (> 65 years old) experiences a fall, resulting in fractures, head injuries, and even death. Falling is the leading cause of death from an injury and causes the greatest number of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Since balance and muscle performance decrease as one ages, it is vitally important to assess these factors as part of a comprehensive strategy to monitor and predict fall risk. Previous data analysis of the Repetitive Step Test (RST) has shown that there is a correlation between subject performance and fall risk between non-fallers and recurrent fallers.
Geriatrics | Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy
Merriman, Harold L.; Jackson, Kurt; Horn, Wesley; Jones, Jake; Price, Evan; and Spicer, Jill, "Differences in Interlimb Performance During a Repetitive Step Test in Older Adults" (2017). University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Annual Research Symposium. 30.