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Lateral Stability and Falls in Older People

Rogers, Mark W.; Mille, Marie-Laure

Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews: October 2003 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - pp 182-187
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ROGERS, M. W., and M.-L. MILLE. Lateral stability and falls in older people. Exerc. Sport Sci. Rev., Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 182–187, 2003. Aging changes in specific neuromusculoskeletal factors affecting protective stepping and other balance functions may precipitate lateral instability and falls. Identification of these factors provides directives for novel therapeutic interventions to reduce fall risk in older people.

Aging changes in neuromusculoskeletal factors that impair lateral stability during protective stepping and other balance-correcting functions are related to the problem of falls in older people.

Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Accepted for publication: April 15, 2003.

Address for correspondence: Mark W. Rogers, Ph.D., P.T., Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 645 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611–2877 (E-mail: m-rogers@northwestern.edu).

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