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Each year one in every three adults over the age of 65 experience a fall resulting in serious injury and in some instances death. In this population, fall injuries are the leading cause of death and are associated with the greatest number of nonfatal injuries and trauma hospital admissions. Since balance and muscle performance decreases as one ages, it is vitally important to assess these factors as part of a comprehensive strategy to monitor and predict fall risk. The Repetitive Step Test (RST) has previously showed the ability in community dwelling older adults to differentiate recurrent fallers from non-fallers and to have excellent test-retest reliability.
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Merriman, Harold L.; Jackson, Kurt; Beigel, Kristin; Simpson, Sara; Smith, Jennifer; and Wynk, Jamie, "Inter-Rater and Intra-Rater Reliability of the Repetitive Step Test in Community Dwelling Older Adults" (2019). University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Annual Research Symposium. 37.