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Citation

Wollesen B, Voelcker-Rehage C, Willer J, Zech A, Mattes K. Aging Clin. Exp. Res. 2015; 27(4): 447-455.

Affiliation

Department of Human Movement Science, University Hamburg, Mollerstr.2, 20148, Hamburg, Germany, bettina.wollesen@uni-hamburg.de.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2015, Editrice Kurtis)

DOI

10.1007/s40520-014-0301-4

PMID

25556156

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Dual task (DT) training is becoming prominent in fall prevention. However, DT training should include task-managing strategies like task switching or task prioritization to be beneficial to improve gait performance under DT conditions. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of a task managing training on gait stability.

METHODS: A DT training (12 sessions; 60 min each; 12 weeks) was compared to a non-training control group within a RCT (38 independent living participants; 72.7 ± 4.7 years). Single Task (ST) and DT walking (visual verbal Stroop task) were measured on a treadmill (FDM-T, 3.5 km/h, 100 HZ). Gait parameters like step length, step width, gait line, maximum forces and gait variability were compared.

RESULTS: The training group improved their gait performance under ST and DT conditions as revealed by significant group × time interaction effects.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: The training successfully improved gait performance and therefore might be a promising approach to prevent falls. Additional fall prevention studies should focus on motor-cognitive performance and reinforce outcomes of task managing strategies.


Language: en

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