Determining Recovery Response to Slips on a Slip Trainer
Stephen Thomas McFadden
Common injuries in the elderly population often result from slipping or falling. A slip is a loss of balance which may lead to an injurious fall. To counter these falls, proactive balance training, which focuses on preventing slips from occurring through physical therapy and environmental modifications, has been tried with mixed results. Reactive balance training, which can increase how well an individual can recover once their balance is upset by a disruption, is a novel method to decrease injuries from falls. However, current reactive balance training is conducted in academic environments with highly expensive equipment. While this training has proved productive, a need has arisen for this reactive slip training to be helpful in clinical settings and provided at a reduced cost. This project is centered around work to design, build, and test a low-cost slip trainer to measure the recovery response of individuals in terms of a reactive step.
Kim E. Bigelow
Primary Advisor's Department
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Stander Symposium project
"Determining Recovery Response to Slips on a Slip Trainer" (2018). Stander Symposium Projects. 1169.